Judith Hertog is an essayist, journalist, and teacher. Originally from Amsterdam, she settled in Vermont after having spent several years living in Israel, China, Tibet, and Taiwan. Although her first language is Dutch, she writes mostly in English.
She teaches college students as well as prison inmates. She also organizes storytelling workshops and events in her community because she believes everyone’s story should be heard.
Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the New York Times, The Sun, Tin House, Hotel Amerika, Tricycle Magazine, Tablet and many other publications.
Hertog is the recipient of a 2018 Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center and she was a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Bennington College
Circling Lhasa is a nonfiction book about Hertog’s journey of discovery and disillusionment as she investigates the politics of Tibetan Buddhism and life in Tibet under the Chinese communist regime.