Virginia Avniel Spatz, a native of Chicago, lives and writes in Washington, DC.
Spatz is the author of The Great Kite, a book for all ages; host of “Community Thru Covid” on We Act Radio; project manager for Charnice Milton Community Bookstore at We Act Radio and Busboys and Poets-Anacostia. Her Jewish writing appears on “A Song Every Day,” in print at Living Text (writing about/from within Bible stories), and at Rereading4Liberation.com. She also maintains SayThisName (Marking DC Homicides; providing related resources) and volunteers with Next Level Vision responses to gun violence. Previous work includes feature reporters on Education Town Hall, Capital Community New “News, Views, and Pews,” and other publications.
Her first hometown was once home to Kiikaapoi, Peoria, and other peoples; her childhood neighborhood was “Urban Renewed” out of existence. Her adopted city, on Anacostan/Nacotchtank land, was “Chocolate City” when she and her husband arrived. More than 30 years later, little of what drew them to the area remains. They have two adult children, graduates of DCPS high schools and years of homeschooling, who make their homes elsewhere.
Spatz is active in Jewish communities, advocating for cross-denominational understanding and cooperation. She helped coordinate the Washington Chapter of the AJC’s Women’s Interdenominational Leadership Dialogue and directed the local, cross-community Jewish Study Center for several years. She also worked in adult and continuing education at Gallaudet University and has an abiding interest in Deaf culture. Other passions include alternative education, including homeschooling, public libraries and independent booksellers.