Tracy Cochran is the executive editor of Parabola magazine. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Boston Globe,the Boston Review, O: The Oprah Magazine, New York Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Psychology Today, and other publications. She is co-author of the book Transformations, and her stories have been included in anthologies including The Best Spiritual Writing series; Writing for Their Lives; and Sacred Voices: Essential Women’s Wisdom Through the Ages.
In second grade, Tracy won first prize in a contest that involved drawing her father for Father’s Day. After withdrawing her first attempt—a cartoon of a stomach containing potatoes and pork chops–she submitted a traditional portrait of her father in his army uniform. She gave the department store gift certificate she won to her father. Together they visited the store and, under the gaze of her portrait and all the other portraits of fathers, they selected a pair of plaid Bermuda shorts which he wore for many years. A few years later, she was named “Best All-Round Camper” at her summer day camp, and one day will post the grainy newspaper picture to prove it.
In addition to working in publishing and in the film industry, Tracy has been a longtime student of mindfulness meditation and aspires to help make mindfulness become part of our culture and daily life. She is currently in Community Dharma Leader Training under the direction of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. She often leads mindfulness and writing retreats in the greater New York area.