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; 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.
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 school-based publishing program that educates high school students on the nuts and bolts of the publishing industry using publishing professionals. Contact him at dax [@] daxdevlonross.com.
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.
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 works full-time as a Content Specialist for the new Electric Company coming to PBS in January 2009!