My belief is that too many books are forgotten as soon as they're published—that doesn't mean they're not worth reading, writing, or talking about. My personal reading list is generated by interest, whim, and chance, and by what's available at the incredible Brooklyn Public Library. I review some of these titles on Book Report. I also review books for Gertrude Press and for PW.

As a writer of personal essays and memoir, I have created performance pieces with a few of them, reading the stories aloud and “illustrating” them not with pictures, but with songs. Performances include Bedridden, Last Call, Boo, Kiss & Tell, My Valentine, and Blue Illusion.

As a stylist, I’ve designed displays and merchandising for retailers, styled rooms and people for photo shoots, and created the decor for weddings, parties, and special events—most notably for The Warhol.

Expressing my lifelong love of vintage style, my apartments have been featured in the books Five Flights Up and The Find

Since January 2019, I’ve volunteered on the Board of the Flatbush Food Co-Op, a values-driven organization with a transparent business model. Founded in 1976 as a buying club by a small group of community members , it’s grown into a cooperative business that works to serve its neighbors and community by selling only organic produce, focusing on local foods. You aren't just a member here; you are a member-owner. Member-owners participate in the democratic process, overseen by the Board, of running a community-owned business. When the Co-Op does well, we all benefit.

Painting by    leah tinari

Painting by leah tinari

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Contact Photo credit: Tim Geaney