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