Maya Savin Miller
Maya Savin Miller is a writer, editor, and actress. A nationally ranked debater, Maya is an alumna of the Team USA World Schools debate dev team. She served as editor of the poetry department of jGirls Magazine for three years. Maya studied writing at Kenyon College and the University of Pennsylvania. She studied Jewish thought and literature at the Yiddish Book Center and with the Maimonides Scholars Program. She is an editor of (and contributor to) the book, Salt and Honey: Jewish Teens on Feminism, Tradition and Becoming Ourselves (Behrman House Publishers).
Maya’s writing has been published in Cleaver, Polyphony, Up North Lit, Bluefire, Skipping Stones, jGirls Magazine, Cargoes, Hadassah, One Magazine and Sierra Nevada Review. Her prose, poetry and non-fiction have been recognized by Princeton University, Columbia College, Hollins College, Rider College, Scholastic, Library of Congress, Skipping Stones, and The Leyla Beban Foundation. She was a 2020 finalist for Los Angeles Youth Poet Laureate.
On the film front, her short, The Debater, premiered at the Maui Film Festival in the fall of 2021. Maya plays herself in the film and has appeared in the upcoming feature Coffee Wars as well as the documentary The Invisible Condition. Her short story, Trudie’s Goose, which was adapted to film by award-winning Israeli filmmaker, Liran Kapel, was a finalist in the 2020 Cannes Film Festival American Pavilions Filmmaker Showcase.
Founding and curating the traveling exhibition and tolerance education series Trudie Strobel: A Life In Tapestry has been one of the greatest joys and most rewarding learning experiences of Maya's life.
Lila Dworsky-Hickey is an undergraduate at Lewis & Clark College, studying Sociology and Anthropology with a minor in Rhetoric and Media Studies. She hopes to gain a deeper understanding of the social systems and cultural processes that shape our society, and has a particular interest in gender and sexuality, reproductive justice, education reform, and transformative justice. Lila is also studying how information about these topics is disseminated and how media plays a role in shaping people’s ideas, particularly through film, TV, and creative writing. In order to gain experiential knowledge in her academic interests, she is taking the 2022/2023 school year off and will be working as an intern at Topple Productions. Being back in Los Angeles will allow her to actively continue her work on “A Life in Tapestry” as an in-person exhibit after the long Covid online interlude.
Lila also has a deep love for music, art, writing, and working with children.
Curating “A Life in Tapestry” has been an extremely meaningful and rewarding experience for Lila. Working with Trudie has brought her closer to her Jewish identity and taught her so much about the history of her people. Moreover it has taught her about life, love, gratitude, and our responsibility to commit ourselves to both learning and educating in order to foster change in the world.