2011 Sarah Verdone Writing Award


Emily Rubin has received grants from LMCC through the Fund for Creative Communities in 2008 and 2010 and Manhattan Community Arts Fund in 2007 and 2010. A native New Yorker and graduate of Bard College, Rubin is a long-time resident of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Her debut novel, Stalina, was published in January 2011. She is a local broadcast professional serving as a producer and television stage manager at stations including PBS, VH1, A&E, Fuse and CBS among other networks. Rubin’s fiction has been published in the Red Rock Review, Confrontations, and HAPPY. She is a past nominee for the Pushcart Prize for her short story “Birthday 1953.” In 2005, she began producing Dirty Laundry: Loads of Prose, a reading series that takes place in Laundromats around the United States. The series has received grants from LMCC, as well as funding from Poets & Writers.


A writer, wife, sister, mother, and friend to many who lived Downtown, Sarah Verdone died of breast cancer at the age of 45 on March 11, 2010. She spent the early part of her writing career at Microwave News then as manager of Ted Muehling’s design store in Soho where she was his muse and friend. She wrote freelance for Paper Magazine, ID Magazine, Cookie, The New York Times, and other publications, and was best known for her commentaries on art, design, fashion, food, and travel. As a graduate of SUNY-Binghamton with a major in English, Sarah enjoyed reading the classics of literature and especially the work of women writers. During the last few days of her life, when the idea of an award was presented to her, she took great comfort to know that her own challenges as a woman and a writer would be remembered and honored.

The Sarah Verdone Writing Award was established in 2011 in Sarah’s memory. It is an annual award that will be given for 10 years to a female writer during The Downtown Dinner, LMCC’s annual benefit.

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