DeLauné Michel

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Industry Arts
Occupation Writer
Location New York, United States
Introduction DeLauné Michel was raised in south Louisiana in a literary family that includes her mother, Elizabeth Nell Dubus, her uncle AndrĂ© Dubus, and her cousin James Lee Burke. She has worked as an actor in theatre, TV, and film. Ms. Michel is the founding producer of Spoken Interludes, a critically-acclaimed reading series where award winning, bestselling, and up-coming writers read their work in LA and New York. Through Spoken Interludes, she has developed, has taught in, and continues to run out-reach writing programs for at-risk teenagers in the LA public schools and detention halls. Please visit, The first two stories Ms. Michel wrote won recognition by the Thomas Wolf Short Fiction Award, and later work won the Pacificus Foundation Literary Award. She has performed her nonfiction work on NPR. Her first novel, Aftermath of Dreaming, was published by William Morrow in 2006. Her second novel, The Safety of Secrets, will be published in 2008 by Avon/HarperCollins. Ms. Michel is currently working on her third novel. She lives in Westchester County, New York with her family. For more information, please visit:
Interests going to the park or the zoo or aquarium with my sons, writing, reading, running, Ashtanga yoga, boxing (watching the pros, especially Roy Jones, Jr., and hitting the heavy bag myself - supposedly I have a mean right hook, but I wouldn't be scared of me in the dark), meditating, interior design or as my husband says, are you changing that again?, throwing parties, dancing for hours, the South (especially South Louisiana, the Florida panhandle, and the I-10 drive between them), City Ballet, crossword puzzles with my husband, and the last great drug, sleep.
Favorite Movies Boogie Nights, Seven Samurai, 400 Blows, Paper Moon, O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Thin Man, Far From Heaven, Traffic, O, Five Easy Pieces, The Shining, The Pianist, Rosemary’s Baby, Klute, The Others, Devil’s Backbone, Dead Man Walking, Bowfinger, Liar Liar, No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, Reds, Interiors, Crash, Syriana, the Graduate, Brokeback Mountain, Scarface, Good Fellas, Under the Sand, The Swimming Pool, Match Point, Drugstore Cowboy, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, The Departed, Gosford Park, Best in Show, Sideways, Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Buffalo ‘66, Y Tu Mama Tambian, Being John Malkovich, The Big Lebowski, Breaking the Waves, A Fish Called Wanda, Groundhog Day, Raging Bull, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, The Ice Storm, A Simple Plan, Dogtown and Z-Boys, Election, Dr. Strangelove, Spirited Away, The Last Emporer, The Sweet Hereafter, Chinatown, Sling Blade, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Favorite Music Muddy Waters, early REM, Bill Monroe, Rolling Stones, Glen Gould, Prince, Pearl Jam, Patti Smith, Fats Waller, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers especially Benmont Tench, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lucinda Williams, Led Zeppelin, Aimee Mann, Nirvana, Bessie Smith, Grateful Dead, Satchmo, Johnny Cash, P Funk, the Ramones, and "it's a small world after all" sung by my four year old.
Favorite Books or authors I love: John Banville, Flannery O’Connor, James Ellroy, Joan Didion, anyone with the last name Dubus or Burke, especially the ones I'm related to, Bruce Wagner, Arthur Phillips, Dani Shapiro, ee cummings, Richard Yates, Milan Kundera, Pema Chodrun, PD James, Michael Connelly, Chekhov, Tennessee Williams, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Raymond Chandler, Hubert “Cubby” Selby, Martin Amis, T.S. Eliot, Ha Jin, Edna O’Brien, Richard Ford, Walker Percy, Alice Munro, Anita Brookner, Robert Crais, T. Jefferson Parker, Kevin Young, Jean Rhys, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Mary Karr, Bill Buford, Elizabeth Kolbert, Adam Gopnik, Kazuo Ishiguro, Dave Eggars, Carl Hiaasen, Natalie Angier, Yeats, Oscar Wilde, Shaw, Thomas Mann, Steinbeck, Brecht, Pablo Neruda, Harold Pinter, Jhumpa Lahiri, Junot Diaz, John Kennedy Toole, Norman Mailer, William Styron, Faulkner, Truman Capote, D.H. Lawrence, Salinger, Carson McCullers, Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, James M. Cain, and for my sons: Sandra Boynton, Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, and anything about trucks- who knew backhoe loaders were so cool?