Gayle Saks-Rodriguez has been a writer since filling her fourth grade diary with such perfectly crafted sentences as: “Ricky is getting confirmed tomorrow. Since I’m Jewish, I’m not really sure what it does. I should congradulate [sic] him though.”
She has written about everything from her mother’s double-suicide, online dating, a failed colonoscopy, to her work with male, female and juvenile inmates, with deep honesty, candor and humor. A piece about her best friend’s addiction to crystal meth was chosen as an Editor’s Pick on opensalon.com, the sister site of Salon.com. Most recently she appeared on a panel with two other middle-aged women on HuffPost Live where she will always be remembered as the “woman who had a hot flash at the Jay Z concert.”
She has recently begun to speak publicly about her mother’s experiences as a Holocaust Survivor, as her role as a second generation survivor and how the torch is now being passed to her teenage daughter to keep that legacy alive.
Saks-Rodriguez (when she wasn’t yet a hyphenate) grew up on Long Island in a town that most people have never heard of and lives in the Greater Boston area with her husband, daughter, two cats and a dog or as her husband says, “Too many beating hearts.”