Annette Libeskind Berkovits was born in Kyrgyzstan and grew up in postwar Poland and the fledgling state of Israel before coming to America at age sixteen. In her three-decade career with the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York, she spearheaded the institution’s nationwide and worldwide science education programs. Her achievements include the first-ever agreement to bring environmental education to China’s schools. The National Science Foundation has recognized her outstanding leadership in the field.
Now retired, she is pursuing her life-long love of writing. Her stories and poems have appeared in Silk Road Review: a Literary Crossroads; Persimmon Tree and in American Gothic: a New Chamber Opera. Her first memoir, In the Unlikeliest of Places, a story of her remarkable father’s survival, was published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press in September 2014 and reissued in paperback in 2016. Her second memoir Confessions of an Accidental Zoo Curator was published in April 2017. Berkovits has completed another non-fiction manuscript and is working on a poetry collection as well as a novel.