Ellen O’Grady is a painter, author, and activist who uses art and conversation as tools to share information, break down barriers and create change. Her first book, Outside the Ark, is the culmination of almost eight years of living and working in the West Bank and Gaza. In OTA, O’Grady interweaves personal observation, reportage and illustration to offer an unsentimental narrative that illuminates life in Palestine. Following publication she brought the work to over 150 US audiences from New York to Oregon in a slide show/storytelling presentation. O’Grady is currently working on her second book.