Julie Gerstenblatt humor columnist and author of Lauren Takes Leave

Julie Gerstenblatt is a former middle school English teacher who realized that it was time to leave the classroom when a lengthy stint on jury duty felt like the highlight of her career. She turned this experience into her first novel, Lauren Takes Leave. She is currently at work on a second novel. Julie, a native New Yorker, now resides in Rhode Island. She plans on writing about this a lot. Her mother wants you to know that she has a Doctorate in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her mother still lives in New York. Follow Julie on Twitter @jgerstenblatt, or read her collected essays at juliegerstenblatt.com

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