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Yahdon Israel

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Yahdon Israel is the Editorial Director of Northside Media, Inc. and the Editor-in-Chief of Brooklyn Magazine. He has written for Avidly, The New Inquiry, Brooklyn Magazine, LitHub, and Poets and Writers. He graduated from the MFA Creative Non-Fiction Writing program at the New School. He's the Awards and Membership VP of the National Book Critics Circle. Runs a popular Instagram page which promotes literature and fashion under the hashtag Literaryswag, and hosts a web show for writers called LIT.
Age: 29 Pronouns: She/her Neighborhood: Ditmas Park Most Likely to: Win the Nobel Prize for a Graphic Novel Favorite Quote: “Dr. Weiss, at forty, knew that her life had been ruined by literature.” ― Anita Brookner, A Start in Life What do you do when you're at a Junot Díaz reading and Junot, the literary genius that he is, begins dropping gems like a clumsy jeweler? Most of the room would be focused on the floor, trying to pick up...
Name: Jenny Treantafilos Age: 26 Pronouns: She/Her Neighborhood: Bushwick Most likely to: Give a hug when you need it most Favorite Quote: It’s more of a mantra "Trust the process." But recently have randomly using, “Be the change you wish to see in the world," to rally the cooks. It’s just motivating/corny enough to set in! It's always been a curiosity of mine as to why the chef is the person we see the least, if at all, when we...
Age: 26 Pronouns: She/Her Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant Most Likely to: Do it for the story Favorite Quote: "I am deliberate and afraid of nothing." - Audre Lorde If you ever want to understand a writer at their core, read their work. What a writer takes to the page is often more telling than anything they could hope to reveal in person, because they are often burdened with the liminal nature of language. The page is where the writer wrestles with the...
Age: 29 Pronouns: He/Him/His Neighborhood: Greenpoint Most Likely to: Run for Office Favorite Quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” – Dr. Seuss There was a time when our private lives were understood as wholly separate from our public personas. That time has come, and it's going—but not without a fight. This fight can only be won by people who not only see that...

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