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Braverman has a BA in Anthropology from University of California, Berkeley and an MA in English from Sonoma State University. She was a member of the Venice Poetry Workshop, Professor of Creative Writing at California State University, Los Angeles, staff faculty of the UCLA Writer's Program and taught privately a workshop which included Janet Fitch, Cristina Garcia and Donald Rawley. She currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
She has won three Best American Short Stories awards, an O. Henry Award, Carver Short Story Award, as well as the Economist Prize and an Isherwood Fellowship. She is also the first recipient of Graywolf Press' Creative Nonfiction Award for Frantic Transmissions to and from Los Angeles: An Accidental Memoir, published February 2006.