Photo © by Anna Malek
Bio | Awards & Citations

Aryeh Lev Stollman's first novel, The Far Euphrates (Riverhead/Penguin Putnam Inc.) is an American Library Association Notable Book of 1997, a Los Angeles Times Book Review Recommended Book of the Year and National Book Critics Circle Notable Book of 1997. The New York Times Book Review has called The Far Euphrates "radiant . . . remarkable both for Stollman's eloquently understated prose and for the ease with which he constructs his artful plot." The Far Euphrates has been translated into German (Kindler), Dutch (Meulenhoff), Italian (Marsilio), Portuguese (Betrand Brasil) and Hebrew (Sifriat Ma'ariv).

His second novel, The Illuminated Soul (Riverhead), is a winner of Hadassah Magazine's 2003 Harold U. Ribalow Prize. The Boston Sunday Globe called The Illuminated Soul, "an admirable novel of ideas . . . profound." The Illuminated Soul has been translated into German (Droemer), Dutch (Meulenhoff), and Italian (Mondadori).

Stollman's short fiction has appeared in Story, American Short Fiction, The Yale Review, and The Southwest Review. His story collection The Dialogues of Time and Entropy (Riverhead) was published in February 2003. In 2003 he also received the first Chaim Potok Literary Award.

His story "Lotte Returns!" was commissioned and broadcast by National Public Radio.

דברי ימי נעמה
אריה לב סטולמן

Stollman has written the libretto for Awakenings, an opera composed by Tobias Picker, based on the book by Oliver Sacks, and commissioned by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, which premiered on June 5, 2022.

The New York Times covered the creation of the opera in their piece, "An Oliver Sacks Book Becomes an Opera, With Help From Friends" which can be read here:

Stollman wrote his second libretto for Tobias Picker's latest opera, Lili Elbe, commissioned by Theater St. Gallen, Switzerland, which premiered to international critical acclaim on October 22, 2023, starring Lucia Lucas as Lili Elbe.

His third novel, Queen of Jerusalem, was published in Spring 2020 by Aryeh Nir/Modan in Hebrew translation under the title דברי ימי נעמה.

Dr. Stollman is a neuroradiologist at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

Awards & Citations

First recipient of the Chaim Potok Literary Award, 2003

For The Far Euphrates:

Winner of The Lambda Literary Award
Los Angeles Times Book Review Recommended Book of the Year
American Library Association Notable Book
National Book Critics Circle Notable Book
Winner of a Wilbur Award

For The Illuminated Soul:

Winner of Haddasah Magazine's Harold U. Ribalow Prize for Jewish Fiction

Short stories:

Southwest Review McGinnis Ritchie Award for the story "The Adornment of Days," published in issue 81-1.
Best American Short Stories 1994, 100 Other Distinguished Stories of 1993 Selected by Katrina Kenison, "The Seat of Higher Consciousness" from American Short Fiction, No.12.
Prize Stories:The Best of 1997, the O. Henry Awards, 50 Honorable Mention Stories: "The Adornment of Days," Southwest Review Vol.81. No. 1