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How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

I did it by submitting an essay called Two Green Notebooks to Read650, a partner in Carnegie Hall’s Voices of Hope Festival. I couldn’t have been prouder when it was selected to be one of the 30 essays featured on the Read650 website during the April 16-30 online festival. Mine is about the notebooks that […]

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Ann Levin is a writer, editor and journalist. Her articles, essays and book reviews have been published by The Associated Press, USA Today, AARP, The Jewish Forward, and dozens of other newspapers and magazines. During a long career in daily journalism, she served as national news editor at the AP, coordinating coverage of elections in the 50 states and every imaginable kind of natural and human disaster.

 

Before that, she was a reporter for newspapers in Texas and California, covering everything from landmark civil rights cases before U.S. District Judge William Wayne Justice in Tyler, Texas, to the bighorn sheep removal project at the Anza-Borrego Desert in eastern San Diego County.

 

After leaving her job as a full-time journalist, Ann worked as a freelance editor for various institutions, including Columbia University and the UN Population Fund, and began to write personal essays and memoir.

 

She currently serves on the advisory board of Read650, a New York-based literary forum promoting writers through live and recorded performances. Eight of her personal stories can be found on the Read650 YouTube channel and in a related anthology series available online.

 

Her memoir writing has appeared in the online magazines Sensitive Skin (The Liver of a Beagle) and Southeast Review (The Body Never Forgets). Although she now lives in New York, Ann grew up in western Pennsylvania, went to a Quaker boarding school outside Philadelphia, graduated from the all-women’s Smith College in Northampton, Mass., and studied writing and smoked barbecue at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a master’s and wrote a column for The Daily Texan. All those experiences continue to inform her work.