DeLauné with cousin André Dubus III
Ms. Michel was named for Helene DeLauné, the first woman over from France on her mother’s side of the family. Helene DeLauné was in the court of Marie Antoinette. Her husband, Jules André, fought in the French Revolution. Antoinette gave Helene DeLauné jewels to help her and her husband escape to South Louisiana. Ms. Michel’s father’s family was the eleventh family in New Orleans.
In 1996, Ms. Michel created Spoken Interludes, a critically-acclaimed reading series where award winning, bestselling, and up-coming writers read their own work. This literary institution has been covered extensively by publications ranging from The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, GQ Magazine, LA Magazine, Westchester Magazine, The LA Weekly, and has been heard on NPR.
Audience before a show
Since its debut in May of 1996, Spoken Interludes has provided a place where people come together, enjoy great food, and hear stories like their own reflected in the voices of others.
For more information on all Spoken Interludes events and programs, please visit www.spokeninterludes.com.
The first two short stories that Ms. Michel wrote won recognition in the Thomas Wolf Short Fiction Competition sponsored by Duke University. Her first novel, Aftermath of Dreaming, was published by HarperCollins in 2006, and her second novel, The Safety of Secrets was published by HarperCollins in 2008. She lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two sons.
DeLauné with the first graduating class
of Spoken Interludes Next
DeLauné with students of
Spoken Interludes Next