DeLauné with cousin André Dubus III

DeLauné Michel grew up in a large South Louisiana literary family that includes her first cousin André Dubus III, and second cousin James Lee Burke. She has spent over two decades in the literary world – producing an acclaimed reading series, empowering marginalized voices, and writing fiction and nonfiction. Her career telling stories began with her work as an actor in theatre (including her critically-acclaimed one-woman show), television (including NYPD Blue), and feature films (including Harry Shearer’s directorial debut).

In 1996, Ms. Michel created the critically-acclaimed reading series, Spoken Interludes, where award-winning, bestselling, and debut writers read their work to sold-out audiences. In 2000, Ms. Michel developed, taught in, and continues to run outreach writing programs for at-risk youth in inner-city schools, juvenile institutions, and prison reaching over 450 children a year in New York and Los Angeles since 2000. Through Spoken Interludes, she also runs a book-drive that has put over 6,000 free books into the hands of underprivileged children. For more information, please visit

The first two short stories Ms. Michel wrote won recognition in the Thomas Wolf Short Fiction Competition. Her novels, Aftermath of Dreaming and The Safety of Secrets, were published by HarperCollins. After completing a third novel, she is currently working on a memoir. She lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two sons. Visit

DeLauné with students of
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