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Michelle Lee

As a PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Texas at Austin, Michelle Lee has written fiction, nonfiction, essays, and poems for a variety of publications.  She was most recently awarded finalist honors from Story Quarterly for her short fiction.  Currently, a selection of her poetry appears in an online literary journal from Damselfly Press and another will appear in the fall/winter issue of Pacific Review.

Kate Bernadette Benedict

Kate Bernadette Benedict is the author of a full-length poetry collection, Here from Away (CustomWords, 2003) and the editor of the online journal Umbrella.

NYC | September 21, 2008

Sunday Salon NYC is on vacation in August (ah!), but catch a glimpse of the readers joining the series in September. They include a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and a Content Specialist for the new Electric Company.

This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers and NYSCA.

Tsipi Keller was born in Prague, raised in Israel, and has been living in the United States since 1974. Her short fiction and her poetry translations have appeared in many journals and anthologies, and her novels include Jackpot; Retelling; …

Emily Helfgot

Emily Helfgot is a writer and performer with a professional background in elementary school teaching and literacy-based non-profit work. She is an alumni of Killing My Lobster, a sketch comedy group in San Francisco, and has facilitated workshops for teachers on how to teach writing to their students in New York, Minneapolis and the Bay Area. In May 2006 she was featured on an episode of NPR’s This American Life (‘The Angels in the Centerfold’), which formed the basis for her one-woman show (‘Play/date’) that she wrote and performed in November 2006 at the Red Room in the East Village. In addition to writing and performing for fun, she also …

LeAnne Howe

LeAnne Howe, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, was the screenwriter for Indian Country Diaries: Spiral of Fire, a 90-minute PBS documentary released in November 2006. Howe’s first novel, Shell Shaker (Aunt Lute Books, 2001), received an American Book Award in 2002. Howe is Associate Professor and Interim Director of American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Dax-Devlon Ross

Dax-Devlon Ross, Esq. is a thoughtful commentator on popular culture and a student of African-American history. His interests also include music (particularly Jazz and Hip-Hop), sports (particularly as they relate to and impact culture), politics, economics, justice and education. Dax is the author of five books, including, most recently, The Nightmare and The Dream: Nas, Jay-Z and the History of Conflict in African-American Culture, which has been called a “brilliant textual achievement” and a “must read for anyone concerned with the future of hip-hop, African-Americans, and new directions in late modern America as a whole.” He is the co-publisher of Outside the Box Publishing and the co-founder of Page-2-Print a …

Tsipi Keller

Tsipi Keller was born in Prague, raised in Israel, and has been living in the United States since 1974. Her short fiction and her poetry translations have appeared in many journals and anthologies, and her novels include Jackpot; Retelling; and The Prophet of Tenth Street. Keller has also translated several poetry collections, including Dan Pagis’s Last Poems and Irit Katzir’s And I Wrote Poems. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Katherine Wessling

Katherine Wessling has been everything from a bicycle courier to a fashion stylist at a magazine, but she’s happiest when she’s writing or acting. Her personal essays have been published in Swing and Speak magazines and heard on WNYC’s broadcast of NPR’s Morning Edition. She’s written various other bits and pieces for Marie Claire, CosmoGirl, Elle (UK), Town & Country, Good Housekeeping, (ai) performance for the planet, and Plumb. She also wrote the young reader’s book, Backstage at a Movie Set. Katherine’s short plays have been produced in New York City, where she’s lived for many years.

Leora Klein

Leora Klein is a freelance writer who teaches eighth grade English in Manhattan. Her essays and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Sun, The New Jersey Jewish News, The Pennsylvania Gazette, and Yad Vashem’s Martyrdom and Resistance Magazine. She received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in English Literature and Theatre Arts and a MA in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She lives in New York City and no longer accepts her parents’ romantic introductions.

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