May 2017

Anne Born
Anne Born is the author of A Marshmallow on the Bus (2014), Prayer Beads on the Train(2015), Waiting on a Platform (2016), and Turnstiles (2017) – all written on the MTA. She is the editor of two anthologies from The Late Orphan Project – These Winter Months (2016), and the second volume, These Summer Months (2017). Anne is a former member of Open Salon and Red Room, and a regular contributor on The Broad Side, and her essay on Hillary Clinton’s religious faith was included in Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox (2015), edited by Joanne Bamberger. Her work has been published in the Newtown Literary Journal and by Silver Birch Press and her essay on her cousin’s collection of Nancy Drew girl detective novels was published in the Silver Birch Press Nancy Drew Anthology (2016). Her poetry has been featured in New York City at Boundless Tales, Word Up Community Bookstore, and the Queens Council on the Arts. She has been a featured guest performer with Inspired Word NYC, the New York Transit Museum, Queens Public TV in The World of Arts, Local Poets at Inwood Local, and the International Women Artists Salon on Salon Radio. Anne divides her time between New York and Michigan, and the Camino de Santiago in Spain. You can follow The Late Orphan Project on The Backpack Press and Facebook; and Anne on Twitter, Redbubble, Wattpad, and Instagram @nilesite. Listen to Born in the Bronx podcasts on Our Salon Radio.

Andres Castro
Andres Castro received undergraduate degrees in Psychology and English from Queens College, as well as an MFA from Brooklyn College. He is listed in the Directory of Poets and Writers and is a PEN America member/volunteer. He is also a mentor for the newly founded Creative Writing Club based in Queens. His poems have appeared in the anthology Off the Cuffs: Poetry by and About the Police, as well as in print and online journals including Left Curve, Counter Punch, Pilgrimage, The Potomac, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Long Shot, and most recently Newtown Literary. He has lived with his wife in Kew Gardens since 1981.Their son, daughter, and son in-law are teachers. Andrés invites you to visit his new blog at if you would like to readily see his poems and meanderings.

Deborah Emin
Deborah Emin is the author of the Scags Series. This 4-part set of novels follows Scags as she develops into a woman and discovers who she is meant to be. Told in 4 different first person voices, Scags Series will be completed in 2018. Deborah is also the publisher of Sullivan Street Press. As part of her vision for publishing, she sees the need for Green Publishing. She’s written about it for and Publishing Perspectives. This June she’ll be giving a talk about it for the NYC Green Festival Expo at the Javits Center.

John Esposito
John Esposito is a playwright, actor and director. He has acted in and directed his own work as well as the work of others. John has acted in contemporary and Shakespeare plays and also performed in staged readings of these plays. He recently put up a successful program of staged readings of his own work and the work of several other playwrights at a NYPL branch. He also had a play recently accepted for the one-act festival at the Secret Theatre in LIC, but unfortunately was not able to participate in the program. There is always next time though.