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When she’s not reading, playing the piano, or studying French with Antoine, Marlene Lee holds down a table at the Lakota Coffee House in Columbia, little city of writers, confronting blank pages during business hours and postponing the inevitable with another cup of coffee.
Before writing full time, she carted her stenotype machine from place to place in a moveable feast of court reporting. Before court reporting she taught high school, children’s special education, freshman and sophomore college English, and vocational school classes in stenotype theory. Always and in-between, she was writing short stories and novels.
Two of Marlene Lee’s books were published by Holland House in 2013: The Absent Woman and a collection of short stories called Rebecca’s Road.
Three Blind Mice, a collection of three mystery novellas, will be published spring of 2014 under the Grey Cells Press imprint, and Limestone Wall, a novel, in fall of the same year, by Holland House Books.
Khem K. Aryal is the author of Epic Teashop (Vajra Books, Kathmandu, 2009) and Kathmandu Saga And Other Poems (Society of Nepali Writers in English, Nepal, 2004). His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Qwerty Magazine, Poydras Review, Of Nepalese Clay, The Kathmandu Post, etc.. A PhD candidate in creative writing (fiction) and composition at the University of Missouri, he is currently working on a collection of short stories, The Displaced, and a novel, Outsiders in Indonesia.
A highly motivated person who is inexplicably drawn to dancing, Danielle Langdon graduated manga cum laude from Ursinus College in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in media communications studies and dance. Successively she travelled abroad before returning to Princeton, NJ, to work for an architectural design firm, HDR Inc. Danielle is currently working toward her master's degree in graphic design at the University of Missouri. Her greatest design accomplishment to date is the redesign of the MU Libraries website, which will be completed in 2014. Danielle’s greatest geek accomplishment to date is the completion of her seventh scrapbook.
Orr Street Studios is located at 106 Orr St. in downtown Columbia, Mo. Join us the third Tuesday evening of each month during the academic year for literary readings and visual-arts presentations.