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This transgressive educational situation is eventually resolved without anyone going to jail. London: Heinemann. A minor but persistent character named Baba, apparently having significant developmental delay in infancy p. It is hard to know quite what the author had in mind for Baba. Yet Baba is also portrayed as indifferent to the vast irritation he causes by endless high-volume playing of the same old gramophone records, and obsessive spraying out and gathering up of his handful of pebbles.

Within his limited roles, he appears strongly manipulative of the others. Once only in the novel, Baba shows real determination, scooping up for himself the gramophone pp.

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Retrieving fragments of Baba scattered through the book, his character has elements of credibility, but does not quite hang together. Yet those points make it improbable that Aunt Mira, having minimal education and no experience of raising her own child, should enter the household and promptly start training little Baba in a sequence of fine movement skills. Could this slightly-built, backward and inept young lad credibly be supposed to have known what the old HMV gramophone actually was, or imagine himself making it work - or lift and carry it away with the heavy old records stacked on top?

In Section 57 I: pp. Section vol. I: pp. Subrahmanya, or Murukan should perform the task of literary arbiter. The poets ask how such a judge can give his verdict, since he is mute. Buddhist Legends. Homiletic tales of the former lives of the Buddha, mingling with oral traditions of the teachings of Gautama Buddha, spread slowly across South Asia, eventually with formal explication and commentary being developed. Many stories involve people with disabilities; e. Disability results from past-life sin including mocking a disabled person, I: ; but disabled people sometimes appear in a positive light: I: , ; ; Supplemento n.

Naples: Instituto Universitario Orientale. The modern Tamil author Rajanarayanan conveys both crudeness and nuances of personal relationships in his native rural area, among which there are some descriptions of people with social or physical disabilities, deafness, or gender ambiguity, and responses to their condition.

The mild and severe cruelties of ordinary life appear, sometimes relieved by unexpected decency and kindness pp. Cambridge University Press. Reprint in two volumes, Delhi: Low Price. Probably dating from the 3rd century BC. Among many tales casually mentioning disability, two Jataka relate to special education. Nangalisa-Jataka No. In Muga-Pakkha-Jataka, No. Horrified by the harshness of the king, he pretends to be a deaf and dumb cripple. Nurses and courtiers are not convinced, so they try various tests based on child development norms and audiological principles.

They watch him closely while causing a conch to be blown suddenly under his bed. They shine lights on him suddenly in the night, but by mental concentration the prince keeps still. They tempt him with milk, fruit or toys and try to surprise him with animals, according to the ages at which children normally responded to such stimuli. These assessment practices were recorded more than 2, years ago. See further examples of disabilities and related material in No. Jataka No. Bangkok: White Lotus. The living tradition of these moral tales, some of which are known in many countries, blends everyday life with the world of gods, spirits, animals, monsters and magic.

Disability, folly and deformities are casually woven in, as in the stories of the old blind couple who catch a hungry boy, who in turn finds their eyes for them and turns his enemy into a cretin pp. Translated into English prose from the original Sanskrit text. Reprinted , from the edition. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal. A major figure is Dhritarashtra who became king after his brother Pandu died; but his legitimacy is disputed because he is blind from birth. He claims it as one reason why he could not prevent the dispute between his sons and nephews.

But their ally, Krishna, craftily introduces the blind king to an iron statue, in place of Bhima. The king seizes the statue and crushes it in his embrace, suffering much bruising and vomiting blood as a result. He believes he has killed Bhima. After the rage has passed, they tell him that he has destroyed an iron statue. In a late chapter, Dhritarashtra and his wife Gandhari who has worn a blindfold across her eyes throughout her marriage, so as not to see more than her husband move across the scene.

There are many more references to impairment and characters with disabilities. In: The Oceanic Feeling. The origins of religious sentiment in Ancient India , pp. Dordrecht: Reidel. Jeffrey Masson, a Sanskrit scholar before taking up psychoanalysis, translates and comments in detail on some legends of Krishna and the hunchback Kubja in which Krishna straightens her body and then either makes fun of her, or flirts with her, or makes love to her, or all of these activities , with comparison of an episode between Rama and Surpanakha which Masson sees as being a key event in the Ramayana.

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Ved Mehta, born at Lahore in , lost his sight at 8 years. My early education in an Indian orphanage for the blind. Oxford UP. Childhood reminiscences, and education London: Picador. On pp. Authorship is ascribed to Vishnu Sharma, a learned Brahmin who undertook to teach statecraft to the stupid princes in six months through a series of amusing animal fables, thus enlisting their interest and motivating them to learn.

At least two of the fable characters have the names of fools, i. New Delhi: Penguin. See previous item. He day-dreams of a son being born to him, whom he calls Moonbeams. One day Moonbeams will see Papa sitting in the garden near the stables, book in hand. Whereupon I shall rise straight away and give her a good kick on her behind. London: Jonathan Cape.

London: Picador Pan. After taking charge of Pakistan, Zia made no secret of his little daughter, who often accompanied him on state occasions. Later when modern rehabilitative and educational measures were under way with his daughter, Zia could be seen in public using sign language with her. His intervention to make substantial increases in national investment in disability services and skills development, with appointment of senior military officers two being also fathers of disabled children to push the developments forward, usually passes without criticism.

It might not have occurred to the angry young writer, that the entirely harmless, real-life daughter of his political enemy could grow up to live an independent and more or less normal life, which in fact she did; or that readers knowing the background might feel some disgust at his choice of weapon for attacking Zia. In: G Albrecht et al eds Encyclopedia of Disability. Thousand Oaks: Sage. The nontinatakam Tamil cripple drama is a morality tale traditionally performed as street theatre in South-East India, featuring a rascal who enjoys crime and immorality, before being punished by amputation of a leg and maybe an arm.

Renouncing evil, he regains his limb by divine intervention; but the story includes much slapstick and bawdy to entertain the crowd. Disability comes through bad behaviour, but repentance may be rewarded. Nonti natakam is at the downmarket end of Tamil lit, while the classier side runs to kings with physical deformities.

See Shulman, below. University of Calcutta. Compilation of Bengali ballads preserved by rural folksingers, with Bengali texts and English translations. IV I The ballad of Kanchanmala is probably among the oldest in the collection. A suitably heart-rending tale ensues. Kanchanmala, bewailing her lot, heads off into the forest with her new husband or toy boy.

At the age of six the boy is abducted. Kanchan wanders the earth seeking him. Eventually she finds him, now equipped with a second wife. Expelled, Kanchan undergoes further vicissitudes, then meets her husband again, now a beggar with eyes blinded by continuous weeping. She resorts once more to the sage, who agrees to cure the blindness, only on the rather perverse condition that Kanchan return her husband to Wife No. Kanchan rises to the challenge; then wanders off into a sombre sunset. The curtain falls, to sobbing in the stalls.

Here, blindness in a helpless male offers an opportunity for female devotion, self-sacrifice and nobility of soul. It opens with him begging alms door to door, proclaiming his isolation and desperation, while his haunting flute beguiles the minds of householder and princess alike. The king, enchanted but perhaps lacking in foresight, or Freudian insight, engages the young man to give his daughter flute lessons.

There are some who take delight in throwing dust at my person and annoying me in other ways, while there are kind men who receive me well. Some serve me with refuse food and think that the mad man would be glad at such an act of charity. Many of the ballads contain some disability or child abuse references, e. I I 52, 73, , , ; vol.

Behind each character and action is a sub-plot and earlier activity, told by some wise old woman or a passing goddess. Princeton University Press. This is a substantial, somewhat complicated book, devoted to structuralist perspectives on the frailties and humours of historical and literary kingship in southern India. London: Penguin Three for a penny! Fluffy pants and fine fanny!

The inter-communal mob violence gathers pace as preparations are made for the ancient nation to be ripped asunder. As the book closes, the impairment has practically disappeared. The Pati-Ninda occur in early Bengali mangal poetry, often during descriptions of rural weddings. They consist of verbal abuse by married women, denouncing physical defects in their husbands, e.

Economic poverty did not seem to preclude a richness of descriptive powers. Public recitation of Pati-ninda gave some relief from Hindu norms exhorting wives to treat their husbands as gods. Some examples are translated. Assam, Bengal, Orissa. Department of Indology, University of Stockholm. Several of these involve disabilities, e. The nuances of various traditions suggest an ongoing editorial awareness of the depressed position of disabled people as a result of their rejection by society.

In pp. Currently, the earliest textual evidence of the chuas is from , but the custom may date from the 18th century. Steel includes some discussion of the legends and possible origins of chuas. Islamabad: National Institute of Folk Heritage. Includes many Pukhtun tales and proverbs that concerning numskulls, folly and blindness, e.

A memoir. Gallaudet University Press. One of the key participants in Indian Sign Language research over 30 years, Madan Vasishta has written a witty and observant memoir of his earlier years, becoming deaf at the age of 11 in rural India, battling his way through the s with this unexpected turn of life, eventually joining the deaf community at Delhi, and from there moving to Gallaudet University to begin a life of learning, teaching and researching in the US and India.

Translated by Susan Massotty. Anecdota Oxoniensia. Oxford Clarendon. He tasted the literary and cultural life of Baghdad, but after some quarrels and humiliations returned to his native city. There he developed an ascetic lifestyle and became well-known and influential. Dated before BC, the proverb collections appear in Volume I in roman transliteration and probable English translation where known. Volume II provides commentary, glossary and plates. Nine of these concern physical disability, though in two cases the point of the proverb is not at all obvious.

Three involve deafness or impaired hearing, but in two the hearing problem is incidental to the proverb. There are some proverbs concerning fools not listed here. Proverbs where a reference to disability is less clear, but may be deduced or appears conjecturally in the commentary, are: 1. B11, blind? II: ; 8 Sec.

A16, club foot? II: ; 21 Sec. D3, temporary mental confusion? II: Some of these conjectural meanings make up for the curious lack of blindness proverbs in the initial batch. The first of those listed above 1. The stories are well embedded in the ethics and morality of Middle Eastern life, with features of Islam prominent, but also a few Jewish and Christian characters. Some disabled people appear incidentally; a few are more noticeable, e.

Lewd and humorous 16th century Turkish tale of a magistrate overcome by lust for a lovely boy; interesting for its graphic depiction of the ghastly state of leprosy sufferers in a colony to which the magistrate is lured, who are tricked into believing that he is one of them. Analecta Bollandia This detailed, scholarly study on the martyred saint Zoticos gives a provenance of the sole manuscript probably 11th century of his Vita; the available Greek text with French translation; points of philological interest and some detailed textual comparison between the Vita and a later source; and a discussion of the significance of the text in historical and hagiological context.

The story begins in the time of Constantine c. Constant was greeted by a congregation of lepers, among them being his own daughter, who had been expelled under the decree, and rescued by Zoticos. Unamused by this ploy, Constant had Zoticos tied and dragged by wild mules until his body fell in pieces. Miraculous events followed. This foundation seems to have been destroyed and rebuilt a number of times over the centuries according to Synaxarion , Dec. Historicity of the Zoticos vita cannot easily be substantiated, but he is mentioned independently in , as one who cared for orphans.

A tradition of care for the poor, sick or suffering from leprosy continued to the time of the Emperor Michael IV , when the extant manuscript originated. Aubineau speculates on the concepts and writings of Byzantine and earlier hagiographers, tracing back the idea of money given by rulers for building a palace, but actually spent on the poor. Parallels can be found as far back as the story of the apostle Thomas and King Gondafor or Gundaphor and other transliterations in the apocryphal Acts of the Apostles Acts of Thomas, Second Act, ; translation available online.

Paris: Gallimard. With an extensive introduction to the background of Mesopotamian cuneiform literature, religion and mythology pp. The available materials, from the second millennium BC, have suffered damage over the centuries, and the meaning of some words and phrases remain obscure, yet the Enki and Ninmah story as a whole is more or less comprehensible, and provides an interesting extension to the general run of cosmological accounts. Enki and Ninmah. After the cosmos was set up, the lesser gods began grumbling about how much work they had to do.

Prodded by Namma the primeval mother goddess , the designer-engineer-fixer Enki made some midwife goddesses, so that mankind could be produced and put to work. Celebrating this manoeuvre, Enki and senior midwife Ninmah had some beer together. Ninmah reflected that their new line, mankind, could turn out good or bad, and boasted that it would depend on what fate she assigned to each.

Enki, inventing the role of Vocational Rehabilitation Advisor, took up the challenge. Ninmah made one who was blind; Enki put him into the song and music line at court. Enki worked a cure by driving out a demon. The fifth was a woman who could not have children. This suited her for a place in the royal harem. The sixth person was made without sexual parts. Enki put this one among the eunuchs at court. Having arranged a self-sustaining role in life for these six examples of humans with abnormalities, Enki shaped up a profoundly disabled man [or baby? Under some taunting from Enki, Ninmah could find no solution, and flunked the test; but the available text has deteriorated, so the endgame is unclear.

Nouvelle edition. Jean Chardin made several visits to Persia, in the s and s. In volume 5, he noted the custom of rendering royal princes blind, to avoid contests over inheriting the throne pp. In volume VIII, pp. Creation, The Flood, Gilgamesh, and others. Oxford University Press. The Epic of Gilgamesh two versions, pp. After some social and intimate education by a hired representative of Eve , , Enkidu joins Gilgamesh in his noble quest. He suffers an episode of paralysis 70, , , but recovers to support his friend through various battles.

Arab Studies Journal Fall - Spring , pp. While focusing a particular controversy, on the issue whether an author had illegitimately drawn attention to prominent people having physical impairments and exposed them to ridicule, the author usefully sketches and comments on a much wider range of Arabic literature in which people with impairments and disabilities appear for various purposes, e. The convoluted career, in many language versions, of a legend on how Moses got a speech impediment.

As an infant he was shown to Pharaoh. Courtiers, aghast, debated this ominous act. A test was proposed. The babe was shown two basins. One held a glowing coal, the other a jewel. He reached for the jewel, but an angel guided his hand to the hot coal, which stuck to his hand. Putting his hand to his mouth for comfort, lips and tongue were also burnt; hence the speech impediment.

Herodotus recorded and commented on much Middle Eastern history or legend of his time, with incidental comments on people having various kinds of impairment or disability, and some remedies, e. Some have independent historical confirmation, others do not. Washington: Three Continents Press. H Wayment The Stream of Days. London: Longmans. K Cragg A Passage to France. Taha Husayn was born in an Egyptian village and lost his sight early in life.

Husayn studied in France , gaining a doctorate and a French wife. Back in Egypt, he taught literature at Cairo. His first book, using source criticism on pre-Islamic poetry, was controversial; but successive volumes of al-Ayyam The Days were well received. Thirteenth century CE collection of biographies of well-known Muslims through six centuries, many also giving information on lesser known persons.

Over entries mention some disability, often recorded in a nickname e. Some became learned men in spite of childhood disabilities; others became disabled in old age. Many entries have anecdotes involving disabilities. See e. Volume III: 3, 23, , 32, 33, 36, 40, , 92, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , a rather rude reference , , , , , Volume IV: , 68, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Al-Jahiz maintained that physical ailments are not social stigmas but are what may be called signs of divine blessing or favor.

Speculum , on p. Though present it is as though he were absent, and though alive it is as if he were dead. See next items. Perhaps they serve many purposes. Born in a remote, Turkish-speaking village of Iran in the late s pp. Most of her description of early life seems to be constructed from what she learnt much later, interspersed with fragments of memory. Throughout the early blind years, her mother repeated to the world that the little girl had brought bad luck to her family, she was a misfortune, useless, a burden. Another woman said 'Don't say that in front of her. The child got the message loud and clear.

If this were a novel, it would be criticised for overloading the odds and miseries against the protagonist. Kordi's father was a Turk, a hawker of goods around the villages, broken by torture during the Russian occupation, later an unemployed city labourer , ; her mother Mahi was Kurdish, and became a washerwoman, earning small change or a portion of food 28, , and later a domestic servant , The languages of education were Farsi and English; the chances for blind girls' education were minimal, and for a poor, ethnic minority, blind girl, nil.

Her family moved to Teheran, with thousands of others in flight from rural poverty to the deeper hell of urban slums. Eventually, blind Kordi was put on the street to beg, and collected a boxful of small coins, her first earnings: "It was all mine. Mine only. My brother didn't have a money box. This was wonderful. Then the adults took away the money, to buy food. Kordi saw for the first time that "I'd been used, misused" , a theme of injustice that would recur. Swept up by the government beggar-control lorry, Kordi was dumped in a Beggars' House, from which her mother reclaimed her reluctantly two months later.

Meanwhile her baby sister had died of starvation - Kordi's fault, of course, for failing to beg more money Kordi entered education by listening to people, radio, everything, and using her brains to make some sense of it all. Befriending a girl who went to school, Kordi listened to her reading her schoolbooks, and "I would in turn explain to her what she had read" How did the girl who never went to school understand the meaning? She did the same trick with her younger, school-going brother, hearing and explaining his school books to him Another boy read passages of the Bible to him.

William told them back, with explanation and elaboration. He educated himself thus, and later become a famous teacher and headmaster. Things began moving, though hardly in a straight line. Eventually Kordi was given a place at Noorain [Nur Ayin] boarding school for blind girls at Isfahan, run by European missionaries The other girls showed Braille to Kordi, who leapt on it and was reading within a few days.

During the first year she caught up five grades, and three more in the second year Brailled material then ran out, and "we had to transcribe books as we went along". Further time went on coping with sexual abuse from one of the senior teachers. Kordi absorbed textual knowledge like a famished tiger, but emotionally was a vulnerable small child. One means of flying turned up in the headmistress's office: a typewriter. Kordi mastered it in a few days, then went on to a Farsi typewriter. With skill on these machines, and also a violin, the world could be conquered -- with a few obstacles.

I didn't go to university', the deputy head told me. Kordi went anyway, still getting the other students to read textbooks to her, then explaining to them what they had read , still being used and abused, still finding a few true friends. Unaware that her program was impossible, Kordi ploughed onward, becoming the first blind graduate from Teheran University in , with a BA in psychology, while around her student protests were raging and repression was tightening in a long-drawn-out revolution that would sweep away the Shah.

The book came 20 years later, written in England. She did what she felt driven to do, putting aside the rage, the despair, the exploitation, the obstacles. Written in Egypt during the years Reprinted from the Third Edition, London: Ward, Lock. First published Describes in considerable detail the beliefs and practices of Muslims in Egypt, as observed by Lane and discussed with his local teachers and advisors. There are numerous mentions of active blind men, e. Massage and joint manipulation took place in the bathhouse In effect, these urban disabled men seem to have been casually integrated in street life and public religious ceremony, their poverty and disadvantage shared with many non-disabled people, with a few specific religious roles for some blind men.

Disabled women are hardly mentioned - presumably they stayed mostly within family dwellings. Some proverbs suggest folk attitudes to disability, often not always of a negative nature. Spoken by a blind man, it would be unanswerable. See also pp. Al-Ayyam of Taha Husayn.

His first book was controversial, using source criticism on pre-Islamic poetry and seeming to suggest a possibly heretical view of the Quran. London: Orion. Novel set in rural Turkey. The heroine is a young woman weaver, Nurdane, who was disabled by polio as a child, was taught to weave by her father, and makes rugs that are credited with powers of healing and good fortune. With a brief review of the status of blind men in the early Islamic world, the author quotes and comments in detail on the work of the blind poet of Basrah, Bashshar bin Burd [c.

Weighing evidence and counter-claims, it seems likely that Bashshar was blind from birth or early childhood. Character types in Luke-Acts. Journal for the Study of the New Testament. Supplement Series Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press. Roth examines concepts, identities, character groups and stereotypes within poverty, disability and marginality, both in the Lucan texts and in the assumed background of the Septuagint, i. A study in the history of monsters. Various systems of classification were used for cognitive processes, with some mutual influence, sometimes hampered by shifts of meaning in translation.

Lack or serious diminution of receptive senses such as sight and hearing and to a lesser extent, touch, taste and smell is both historically inherent and fairly transparent in ideas of impairment and disability. Yet these have been, and are, considerably less transparent in their meaning, as there is a wide range in both the popular, the educated, and the scientific conceptualisation of these processes.

London: Bodley Head. Among the gazelles was a human boy aged perhaps 10 years in , probably adopted by the gazelle group in his infancy. He was far from deaf, but practically mute in spoken human language. After making the group accustomed to his presence, and observing them closely, Auger suddenly realised that they were constantly inter-communicating as a group, with a well-organised system using various parts of the body - limbs, skin, tails, hair - in which the boy also took part.

Auger stayed long enough to begin to decipher some of this language Armen, , pp. His account has, of course, been questioned from the armchairs of literary critics. Axelrod was born profoundly deaf in in South Africa, to an orthodox Jewish family from Eastern Europe pp. With considerable difficulties pp. Axelrod worked for many years with young black deaf people, and in his eyesight became impaired He moved to Hong Kong in , and then to Macau. In chapter 22 pp. By the time he retired to England he was both deaf and blind, and continued a ministry that seems to have been enhanced, rather than diminished, by his disabilities.

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Penguin has provided translations of two of the many legendary versions recounted by West African griots about the ancient Malian kingdom, celebrating the 13th century warrior king Sunjata, who had a severe childhood impairment. Versions have him crawling for several years, unable to stand up, let alone to walk pp. Did he refuse to get up out of pique, because his half-brother was mistakenly recognised as the first-born?

They cut it in two And they bent it. Fortunately, the story provided this difficult kid with a big sister having a smart grasp of behaviour management, who appears from time to time to calm him down, carry him on her back, or find the missing piece of the jigsaw 13, , , College Literature [West Chester University] 30 1 London: Society for Propagation of the Gospel. Story of the deaf-blind Zulu, Radcliffe Bhekinkosi Dhladhla, to the age of He lost his hearing and sight through a high fever in infancy, which also left him unable to walk. His mother Rhoda took him to Durban from their native village.

As captain of a large container ship, he visited ports in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South America before partnering up with his son to become a Harlem landlord. He divides his time between New York City and Portland, has a passion for travel, cooking and good movies and would like to be better at tennis and scrabble. Like sailors everywhere, Joe loves sea-stories, most of which have only a passing relationship with the truth.

Menachem Kaiser is a Brooklyn-based writer and critic. He is a proud alum of the Toronto School of Circus Arts, where he learnt how to fall. Hatim Kanaaneh is a retired public health physician and a Palestinian citizen of Israel. He was born and raised in rural Galilee. On his eleventh birthday Israel came into existence and his family narrowly missed becoming refugees. His parents thought he was smart enough to study medicine and tend to the sick in his underserved rural community in Israel.

He slugged at it for 35 years before giving up and turning to his natural calling: writing. Kanaaneh has two semi-fictional works in progress: a Novel and a collection of portraits from his medical practice. Susan Katz is a born and bred New Yorker. Although she has travelled widely, she continually returns to her home base in New York. Working with people can be stressful and there are times she feels like making an appointment with herself! Susan is also a photographer.

Susan is currently working on a memoir comprising personal essays interspersed with photocollages that reflect her experiences grappling with physical illness, family dysfunction, and mental health. Into this mix is a transformative awakening that she continues to weave into her everyday life. Don Kelly was a shy boy who decided, strangely enough, that he wanted to tell stories.

Comic books, horror novels, fantasy, and science fiction stories began to ruin his mind at a very early age, and his parents, civil servants who did their best to raise their children well in Levittown, NY, knew he had sat too close to the television the day young Don announced his intention to become a writer. Undaunted, he set out on an adventure of words and performance that led to screenwriting and Los Angeles.

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While making ends meet through various gigs in production and healthcare, he collaborated on a few independent projects with friends. Eventually, Andy developed an idea for a documentary-style video essay about a group of musicians, which he hopes to complete editing in the very near future. Her novel, Arabian Eve , will be published by Selwa Press as soon as she finishes the rewrites! Lloyd Lynford lives in Croton-on-Hudson and Manhattan. He received his B. Originally a director working in the theatre in Poland and New York, Lloyd became an entrepreneur in the s and is currently the CEO of a public company.

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He lives with his wife and two children in Manhattan. She arrived at the University of Colorado, Boulder, intending to become a music therapist and left nine years later with three degrees in mathematics, a PhD among them. Sheila publishes academically across several fields, teaches yoga, and occasionally gets nice notes from her mathematics students.

Niece of Thirman L. In she combined her passion for writing with her love of sports and began working in the Consumer Products department at the National Football League where she now works to build the NFL Brand Internationally. Danielle is currently working on a novel based on true stories from her life entitled The Tin and Paper Fan and intends to use the power of her prose to impact the lives and ideals of young women around the world. Before beginning his work at the Graduate Center he spent his free time writing songs, essays, and poetry. Currently, he has two musical projects "underway": an EP of original pop-folk music Charlie and the Time Machine and a retelling of the Aeneid Hesperia , both recorded on his phone and available here: ramc.

He currently lives in Bed-Stuy with five roommates. Joni Murphy is an interdisciplinary writer and artist, originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, who has lived in Brooklyn since In spring of Bookthug will publish Double Teenage , her first novel. She will be writing and presenting work throughout the journey. She just returned to New York after living in Moscow for the last four years, where she worked as a journalist and got in touch with her roots. The sojourn inspired her to start writing a book - her current project - about her experiences in her fascinating, tragic, absurd and often poetic homeland.

Her vices include New York sample sales, raspberry chocolate cake and the Daily Mail's celebrity gossip. Jeff Norris is a year veteran of the newspaper industry. His newspaper career has included sports writing, news writing and editing, and management. His first short story was selected as winner of The Santa Fe Reporter's annual fiction contest. He is currently finishing a collection of short stories and starting a novel.

She has spent most of her life in Dublin, growing up surrounded by the ghosts of James Joyce and W. Yeats, as well as a colorful collection of living artists and writers. She is now working on a novel based on the short story, which moves between Dublin and New York and deals with the complex emotional world of an outsider in a world of privilege and betrayal. She looks forward to returning to New York to write, walk, rescue dogs, and finally master the subway system. Paola Peroni was born and raised in Rome.

She received a B. Journal, and other publications. She is the recipient of a fellowship from Yaddo. She currently lives in New York and is pursuing analytic training at the C. Jung Institute. Martin Quinn was born in Limerick. After graduate study in engineering, he worked as a proprietary trader in currencies and fixed income in London and Greenwich, CT.

His work has appeared in Arena and Esquire UK. Alexandra Redgrave , a returning student, found her calling as a writer, editor and media mogul when she launched Redgrave Opinion from her Nova Scotia bedroom at the age of seven. A trained dancer, Alex completed her B. None of that prepared her to drive an electric green foot RV across the U. Good thing she got her license three days before departing.

Rasha Refaie was born in Kansas City to a German mother and an Egyptian father, while French friends in the neighborhood babysat her German-born sister. They moved to California before her first birthday. She received her B. Beller's Neighborhood, has worked in post-production on documentaries and television, and is currently at work on a novel. She loves how her Egyptian relatives react when she tells them how much a falafel sandwich costs in New York City.

After earning two undergraduate degrees, one in English and the other in International Affairs, he worked a number of odd jobs, many at the same time. While teaching an evening literature course, working as a part-time barista, and holding a full-time retail job, he wrote his unpublished novel Treasury, which brought him to the annual BookExpo America Conference in New York City. But just a visit to the greatest city in the U. He also has an undying obsession with German trance music.

Alessandro Ricciarelli was born in Italy moved to Germany where he immediately broke his leg, went to school, studied Comparative Literature at Munich University, broke that off, went to Boston to study Jazz, came back to Munich, drifted for ten years between the US and Germany, then finally installed himself—sort of—in NYC and began working as a music therapist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He also began writing in English, went to several residencies, and finally got an MFA from Columbia——and now maybe, maybe, will publish something.

Tracey Rose is a writer living in Brooklyn. Commission of the Arts. Marianna Rosen is from Moscow. Marianna wrote her first fiction story while reporting on war in Chechnya. The insatiable thirst for adventure eventually motivated Marianna to move to New York. She spent the following twelve years in a rhetorical limbo, while acquiring a decent command of Italian, working many long hours on Wall Street, and earning an M.

Once the verbal incarceration was over, she began to write short stories and now is working on a collection titled The Guide to Moscow, which centers on interactions between mad and dislocated personalities during times that were also mad and dislocated. When the very thing that motivates her to write becomes, paradoxically, the very same thing that compels her to feed her writing to the wastebasket, she switches to research on Italian and Russian Futurism, a field of Comparative Literature, which she hopes to pursue as a Ph.

In , she arrived in Los Angeles where she took a job at the L. At the Times, she wrote about art and murder, food and war. In , she went to Baghdad for the Times, and liked it so much, she decided to stay for almost three years. She also spent time in Beirut, Jerusalem, and Gaza, but came back to the U. Her first book was published this year in her native Denmark. She lives in Brooklyn where, on clear days, she can see the Statue of Liberty from her fire escape.

Sajan Saini is a Canadian expatriate who left behind his favorite hockey-town for the New England life to earn a Ph. More recently, as a professor of physics at Queens College of CUNY, he has taught courses in introductory modern physics and astronomy, while researching optical communications and solar cell devices. Sajan also writes popular science articles and has authored two scientific book chapters.

He is at work on short stories about the Indian diaspora and a hard science novella. That intention took on special meaning when she learned that her grandmother in Israel had also dreamed of becoming a writer — a dream that still haunted her at the age of In , then pregnant with her son Oskar, Lisa devoted herself fully to writing, studying with Mary Gordon and Marilynne Robinson at Skidmore. Currently, Lisa is working on her debut story collection — a collection in need of much nurturing and love.

Susan Scutti writes both fiction and poetry. Her work appears in various journals, anthologies and small press publications and includes a collection of her short stories, The Renaissance Began with a Muted Shade of Green , and a book of her poems forthcoming from Paper Kite Press. She earned a BA in English from Yale. She is a contributor to The Brooklyn Rail and offManahattan. Caroline writes short stories and novels. She is currently at work on a novel about soil, teenagers, and longing in upstate New York. She arrived as a photographer and worked for the Soho News and the then beginning Details magazine.

Her work has been shown in the United States and Europe. She is now making pictures with outdated Polaroid film and paintings and drawings that incorporate organic material. The first story she ever wrote was in the third grade. He grew up in Louisville, KY, graduated from Princeton University in with an English degree, and immediately began working as a reporter for The Post. He's written about the impact of CIA officers' lives on their families and helped unravel a mystery about a stolen Renoir painting.

This year, he is beginning to review novels for The Post and hopes to get his first piece of fiction published. He has undergraduate degrees in Physics and Marine Engineering from St. Sanjay has published several articles related to the financial services industry in journals and other publications, and is currently completing a book Risk Transparency forthcoming in October Rachel Signer is a writer, communications strategist, and yoga teacher, usually in that order.

She holds an M. Rachel has conducted anthropology research in Latin America and Africa. She has recently returned from a three-month stay in India and is at work on a dystopian novel in which the death of philosophy is imminent. She has also devoted herself to many non-profit organizations, and serves as a volunteer court advocate to assist domestic violence victims in Family Court in Essex County, NJ.

Initially inspired by her favorite childhood authors, Rhonda has written short memoirs and fiction, as well as poetry, throughout her life. A five-year survivor of lymphoma, Rhonda has had two pieces included in collections published by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital. Rhonda has lived her entire life in the New York City area. She and her husband currently split their time between the city and their home in Upper Montclair, NJ.

After graduating from Brooklyn Law School in , she practiced criminal defense for 13 years. Karen imagined herself a writer since she was 6 years old and swore she would make writing her life's work. Along the way, she became a criminal defense lawyer, a social studies teacher, an education researcher, as well as a mom, wife, and grammy. Karen will have completed her PhD in language, reading and culture at the University of Arizona in Her publications to date have been in the field of education research.

Karen De Luca Stephens is a visual artist and writer. Originally from Boston she studied philosophy, art and architecture. After graduate school in philosophy at Johns Hopkins University she moved to Mexico City where she and her husband raised their five children. There she designed residences, worked with stained glass and metal, and studied painting with Filipe Bragar, a contemporary neo-expressionist painter.

She has also worked in strategic planning and development for non-profits in Mexico and the US. She is currently working on her second screenplay and a collection of short fiction, and, of course, her painting. Hannah Sung received her B. Since then, she has worked as a writer and broadcast journalist with a focus on pop culture. She produces short documentaries and enjoys traveling with a mic, pen and paper, learning the cultures of Mali, East Timor, Indonesia, Korea, Croatia, France, Japan and Brazil.

Her work life has included arts reportage for the CBC, The Toronto Star , MuchMusic and TV production on several reality shows including a prank show involving chicken suits and fake funerals, which provided a special kind of illumination of human psychology under duress. Trained as a public health researcher, Maggie evaluated child protection programs in Aceh, conducted abortion research in the former Soviet Union, and developed hospital protocol for miscarriage management in Mexico. Maggie holds a graduate degree in public health from Columbia University, and undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Spanish Literature from the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon.

She lives in Brooklyn. She is particularly interested in ethics, political philosophy, and Buddhist philosophy. Her Mexican origins compel her always to be in search of bright colors and the sun. She believes better worlds are possible, and obsessively dreams up some of these worlds while she rides the subway every day.

Beth Venn has been an art museum curator and art historian for twenty-five years. Though she loves art, enough is enough. She hopes to expand her non-fiction repertoire to include personal essays, opinion pieces and short biographies. Anna Voisard is an associate editor at an educational publisher in NYC. She has also worked on literacy programs for both children and teens.

She currently lives in Queens. George Wen was born in Seattle, Washington. It was his first attempt at writing something longer, and more significant, than a business memo. Lisa Williams is a full-fledged New Yorker. She grew up in the city and returned shortly after graduating from college and has remained ever since, even though most of her family emigrated to California. She holds a Ph.

She has published a book of creative nonfiction, Letters to Virginia Woolf www. Thomas Patrick Wisniewski is a writer, translator, and musician. A Jacob K. He lives in Cambridge, MA. He accidentally became a professional web developer while working in Washington DC, but writing has been his consistent passion. He hopes to hone his talent and build a collection of new short fiction.

Holly Woodward i s a writer and painter. Her novel-in-progress follows a couple of dominatrixes in New York City. Holly was a doctoral fellow at Moscow University for a year, after two semesters at Saint Petersburg University. Holly is a calligrapher and marbles paper, which she incorporates into handmade books.

An anthology of modern aphorists, Short Flights , includes a chapter of her work. He practiced as a lawyer a long time ago, and worked in the music business for 25 years before retiring to devote himself to full-time fiction writing. He is now 58 years old and lives in the West Village with his family. He has completed two novels, is currently at work on a novella, and is struggling mightily to become a better writer.

The blog of that project can be found at www. When not doing ethnography in her swimsuit, she can be found in the NYPL doing archival research for her dissertation or writing creative nonfiction pieces. Her favorite piece of writing equipment is a Remington 5, which needs to be fixed, as it currently only works when held upside down. Elizabeth Alsop received her B. She teaches film courses at Hunter College.

Previously she worked at Vogue and Martha Stewart Omnimedia. She has taught writing, film, and literature courses within CUNY since Beth Aviv graduated from the University of Michigan B. She's now working on a memoir of her friendship with Detroit artist Cay Bahnmiller. His in-depth articles. He's a former AP reporter and editor in the Brazil and Caribbean bureaus. Michael Bernstein has recently returned home to New York City after spending a year as a volunteer in Israel. Although more experienced with fiction, Michael has been keeping a regular blog from abroad and is thrilled with the opportunity to develop his non-fiction interests in travel writing and topical essays.

He holds a B. Robert Brenner is a satirist, critic, and ventriloquist. He writes about business, politics, technology, and the arts, usually in the voices of funny characters—superheroes, professional wrestlers, disgraced politicians and celebrities. He lives in New York City with his child bride and two imaginary cats. She is currently a Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at Queens College where she teaches research related courses; including competitive intelligence, business research, and records management.

Like most other tenured professors who teach for the City Univeristy of New York, she has published scholarly articles in her field. She has also written articles in related professional journals. Roberta now wishes to write for a broader audience. Iris Brooks graduated from Bard College with a B. Nathan Burstein , who normally doesn't write or speak about himself in the third person, would love to be a professional movie critic or otherwise write about film, TV, books and history. He got to do a fair amount of such writing during the two and a half years he spent at The Jerusalem Post, where he also wrote occasional tourism pieces.

Born in Nashville and raised near Seattle, he's been back in the U. He has an idea for a book but isn't sure it will work; he hopes to start experimenting with it before classes begin. Shelley Burtt taught political philosophy at Yale University from to Since that time she has moved to England and come back, sent two children to college, adopted two more, enjoyed a stint as an adjunct professor at Columbia University, earned a second-degree black belt, and explored life as an "independent scholar. Delois Byrd was born in Philadelphia and raised in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Lawton is an Army town and joined at the hip with Fort Sill, a massive field artillery base. She eagerly anticipates the opportunity to improve and broaden the scope of her writing. Sean has managed global communications with Google and editorial and special projects with Yahoo. He leads trainings with the International Center for Journalists, and co-founded the TechRaking summit series with the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Tess Clarkson earned her B. In the middle of Tess' first year at Fordham, Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance offered her a spot in its Irish dance chorus, and she began traveling across North America with the show and performed in the original cast of Michael Flatley's Feet of Flames in London.

Following her return to law school, Tess also had the opportunity to dance in the Broadway production of Riverdance. Since officially hanging up her dance pumps upon earning her J. She also serves as a hospice volunteer and is a trained end-of-life doula. Tess discovered her passion for creative writing after a friend gave her Julia Cameron's An Artist's Way. Many writing workshops followed, and Tess currently is writing about her friend's death on Air France and how it led Tess to serve the dying. Kristen Drybread is an anthropologist, a freelance research editor, a capoeira instructor, and an actress.

She has taught anthropology at Columbia University, won fellowships from the Fulbright-Hays and Woodrow Wilson Foundations, and taught gifted elementary school students in New Orleans as a member of Teach for America. A fearless explorer, Kristen has climbed mountains in 5 continents, traveled up the Nile and down the Amazon, spent nine months in a Brazilian juvenile prison, navigated the rapids of rivers across the U. Her ambition is to begin translating stories she has collected in her adventures into captivating prose. Libby Edelson received her B. She is an associate editor at Ecco, an Imprint of HarperCollins.

Alan Edelstein is a nonfiction filmmaker originally from western Massachusetts. His new film, An Art That Nature Makes , about the contemporary art photographer Rosamond Purcell, will have its theatrical premiere in Manhattan in the summer of A freelance journalist as well as filmmaker, Alan has written on arts and culture for publications including The New York Times , The Forward, and Transition. Dale W. Eisinger is a writer, photographer, musician, and fly-fisherman from Idaho.

In , the National Council on Contemporary Families gave an Emerging Journalists Award to a team for which Dale reported on education issues relating to homelessness. During his undergraduate English, communications, and journalism studies in Boise, he was given an Idaho Press Club award for review writing. Behind the camera, Dale stops his F at 1.

He is currently working on a collection of short stories entitled "Mid-Atlantic States. Susan Farkas is a veteran radio and television broadcaster, who started her career in her native Canada. Susan has written and edited loads of television scripts and she teaches broadcast writing at the CUNY Journalism School. But now the question is: can she write for print, or have all those years of sentence fragments and heavy-handed foreshadowing deformed her writing style forever?

Albert Fayngold was born in Kiev, Ukraine, where he studied painting and architecture at the National School of Fine Arts and the National Academy of Arts and worked as a scene painter and set designer at the Kiev Opera Theater prior to moving to the US in While continuing to paint and exhibit here in New York, he enrolled at C.

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Post and earned a B. In , a bilingual book of his paintings and personal prose Studies at the Forgotten Neighborhoods was published both in the Ukraine and in the U. Jessica Firger is a native New Yorker. Jessica's work has landed her at homicide scenes, in a boat-size SUV with pop icon Suzanne Vega, at a drunken late-night game of mah-jongg and in a meat locker in the South Bronx. Prior to working as a journalist, she spent eight years on both the editorial and publicity sides of the book publishing industry.

She lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. She brings a wide range of aesthetic and political interests to writings on art, essays, and personal writings. She continued to be active in the institution as a Writing Associate in the Humanities Department and has worked for art historian Dore Ashton. Currently, she is staff writer for The Brooklyn Rail , and is a freelance writer. Her poetry has appeared in Poet Lore magazine.

He is presently writing his Peace Corps memoirs with the hope of explaining how the ego is an illusion. Kristen French has been a business journalist for over ten years, in both Santiago, Chile and in New York. She is currently the managing editor at a popular and award-winning monthly magazine covering Wall Street. Kristen has covered business as a reporter for the now defunct newswire Bridge News as well as for TheStreet.

She has a degree in English from Williams College and lives in Brooklyn. Estee holds a B.

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She is the recipient of the New York State English Council Program of Excellence Award in recognition of Literally Speaking, a school-wide reading program that she innovated in She wishes to write short nonfiction on the everyday—from human experience to popular culture and world events. He has worked as a research assistant at the Open Society Institute and Soros Foundations; as an English and history teacher, debate coach, and student publications advisor at the Collegiate School; and as a ghost writer to the founding partner of a large New York law firm.

For many years he wrote overly-long e-mail messages, but he now hopes to perfect the Facebook status update as a literary form. He is an avid cyclist and currently lives in Forest Hills, Queens. Linda Gibson is traveling the reinvention road, becoming the fulltime writer she always wanted to be.

Before that, there was teaching young children, which was prefaced by a short career as a modern dancer. Currently, she is completing a memoir—her life and times filtered through recorded conversations with her grandson—and expanding her writing repertoire to include personal essays and journalism.

Years passed and Janee took her creative nonfiction writing private as she stepped up to the demands of running three companies and two nonprofits, raising two sons, and following her own diverse interests Her first company was focused on tech and her fourth on loose leaf organic tea. Today her life is rich with experiences of world travel, and she lives in New York City as a new urban resident, consulting to emerging companies. Curious about how people live, over the last five years she has followed the international Jewish community and rowing community in almost a dozen countries.

She writes essays about her experiences. Her essay about a meditation retreat in Auschwitz was published as part of an international collection of writings in She worked as a teacher of the deaf in her first career. When not writing, traveling, or consulting, Janee can be spotted on her kick scooter, joyfully zipping around New York City. She attended Barnard College, Columbia U. A devotee in the temple of music since childhood, she later played in a garage band. She has written for publications such as Surface and Flaunt and is currently writing a novel.

She divides her time between Brooklyn and a cabin in the woods of Leatherstocking country. She is currently writing After the Manner of Women, forthcoming, Fordham Press, She has published fiction, poetry and essays in literary magazines and anthologies. Reading, writing and teaching are just as important as cooking, eating and drinking good wine are to her.