Larry Rosler was founding editor of Boyds Mills Press, where he had a keen interest in books featuring cultural diversity, such as The Always Prayer Shawl by Sheldon Oberman (National Jewish Book Award); Becoming Billie Holiday by Carole Boston Weatherford (Coretta Scott King Award, Honor); Time to Pray by Maha Addasi (Arab American Book Award, Honor); and Fly Free by Roseanne Thong (Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, Honor). Other books include A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom (Theodor Geisel Award Honor Book); Raggin’ Jazzin’ Rockin’ by Susan VanHecke (YALSA-ALA Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction Award Nominee), and many others. He also edited three books chosen for the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child Reading Initiative.
He was a bookseller with New Morning Books in SoHo before joining Henry Holt & Company, where he was on the staff of the marketing and editorial departments. As assistant to the editor in chief, he had the opportunity to work on books by Edward Abbey, Bella Akhmadulina,
Bill Granger, George V. Higgins, Gabriel García Márquez, Lech Wałęsa, Andre Voznesensky, Donald Woods, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko. While at Holt, he received a CBS Publishing Outstanding Achievement Award.
Larry is recipient of a Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence, a Dallas Theatre League Award nomination, and two MainStreet Musicals Director’s Choice Awards. His work as a writer and actor has taken him from productions Off-Broadway, including Circle Repertory and Equity Library Theatre, to regional theatres, such as Barter Theatre and The Kennedy Center, and on national tour. He has had the honor to work with Academy, Emmy, Tony, and Pulitzer Prize winners and nominees, including Jackie Gleason, A. R. Gurney, Peter Link, Cleavon Little, Jason Miller, Arthur Penn, and Lanford Wilson. Larry is also the author of Jackie Geason and the Tour of Doom, a backstage look at the legendary star and the problem-plagued national tour of the Broadway comedy Sly Fox.
Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Larry is a graduate of Seton Hall University, with a B. A. in Communication. He studied in the City University of New York Publishing Program, received a certificate in public relations from New York University, and is an alumnus of the ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop.