Writing Aloud Celebrates The Fortune Society


Join us as Lemon Andersen and Mary Ellen Sanger read with members of The Fortune Society. Writing Aloud celebrates  the publication of Inside Out, Writing From the Fortune Society, hot off NYWC press.

Saturday, January 16, 2010
The Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Ave in Greenwich Village
2: 00 pm


LEMON ANDERSEN is a critically acclaimed poet, spokenword artist, and actor. As a poet he has the most aired episodes on HBO’s Def Poetry, eight times in six seasons, and was an original cast member of the TONY Award winning Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. Lemon was also nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his writing and work on the show. Lemon has traveled the spokenword and theater scene for the last decade performing and selling out venues such as the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Apollo Theater, Chicago Theater, Hollywood’s Kodak Theater and most recently he brought the house down in front 500,00 people at Philadelphia’s Live 8 concert.

MARY ELLEN SANGER lived for 17 years in Mexico, and has published short stories and poems in Spanish and English in several Mexican journals, including Luna Zeta and Zocalo. She has published poetry, essays, and stories in online venues, including Poets Against the War, Travelers’ Tales, Mexconnect, Hack Writers, Delirium Journal, and Mexico Files. Her essay “A Grammar of Place” was anthologized in Mexico, a Love Story. She is currently writing a collection of short stories inspired by the women of Ixcotel State Penitentiary in Oaxaca, Mexico where she spent thirty-three days and nights falsely imprisoned in the fall of 2003. Stories from the collection have appeared in CrossBronx and J Journal, New Writing on Justice (from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice).

THE FORTUNE SOCIETY believes in a world where all who are at-risk, incarcerated or formerly incarcerated can become positive, contributing members of society. Their work supports successful re-entry of formerly incarcerated men and women and promotes alternatives to incarceration, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities.