Story Prize, NYC, 2005

At the first Story Prize event, all the nominees had their work read aloud by a professional actress.

  • Jane Curtain read Joan Silber.
  • Maria from Sesame Street, Sonia Manzano, read Edwidge Danticat.
  • And Kate Burton (daughter of Richard) read mine.

When I went on stage after Kate Burton’s reading, she gave me a hug.

I said, “We have the same birthday!”

“September 10th?” she asked.


The reading was recorded for NPR’s Selected Shorts. Sometimes, you can catch it on the radio.