MEET CAST MEMBER STEPHANIE LAWSON-MUHAMMAD

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STEPHANIE LAWSON-MUHAMMAD is the mother of Gibran, Jordan, and Justice and the wife of Khalil. She had a twenty-year career in the wireless industry prior to entering consulting three years ago. If that's not enough, she serves on the SOMSD Board of Education.

Stephanie had a late start in unleashing her creative side. From singing the blues in a farmers market in Indiana to cheep-cheep-cheeping as a Pick-a-little Lady in Vanguard Theater's production of Music Man, she steps fearlessly in the spotlight to the dismay of family and friends.

Stephanie is thrilled to make her storytelling debut as a member of the 2018 LTYM Cast. This is just the start of what she hopes to be the next chapter - sharing the stories of her life to all who care to listen.

MEET CAST MEMBER TINA KELLEY

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TINA KELLEY’s third poetry collection, Abloom & Awry (CavanKerry Press, April 2017), came out in April from CavanKerry Press, joining Precise (Word Press), and The Gospel of Galore, winner of a 2003 Washington State Book Award. Ardor, her first chapbook, won the Jacar Press chapbook competition and appeared in September. She co-authored Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope (Wiley, Oct. 2012) and reported for The New York Times for ten years, sharing in a staff Pulitzer for 9/11 coverage. Tina wrote 121 “Portraits of Grief,” short descriptions of the victims.

Tina's writing has appeared in Poetry East, Southwest Review, Prairie Schooner, The Best American Poetry 2009, and on the buses of Seattle, Washington. She won the 2014 New Jersey Poets Prize. She lives with her husband and two children in Maplewood, New Jersey.

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MEET CAST MEMBER JEN GREGORY

JEN GREGORY is a writer, dance teacher, and founder of The Runaway Mamaa website and connected social media outlets where she chronicles the wild and sticky ride of motherhood with a mixture of humor and heart. 

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Her writing has been published on Huffington PostScary MommyMamalodeSammiches & Psych Meds, and The Mighty to name a few, and she’s been featured numerous times on the TODAY Parents and Perfection Pending weekly “Funny Parents of Facebook” lists. 

Jen lives in Madison, New Jersey with her husband, two sons (ages 9 and 11), and her Boston terrier, Gertrude. She wouldn’t want to be anywhere else except home raising her boys, but like the little bunny in Margaret Wise Brown’s classic book, she sometimes wants to run away. Read more at The Runaway Mama, and follow her journey on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

MEET CAST MEMBER ADAM EPSTEIN

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ADAM EPSTEIN grew up on the West Coast during the golden age of hip-hop. Like his high school classmate 2pac, Adam had trouble with authority growing up. He was thrown out of Northwestern's "Cherub" program for promising high school journalists; perhaps that inspired Chicagoan Kanye West's path to his debut album: The College Dropout. Unlike 2pac, Adam (aka "ATM") had no beef with the East coast - and moved to New York for college at 17, where he was exposed to the Wu-Tang Clan. Years later, Adam would get into the Internet game and remark that "Clicks Rule Everything Around Me" (C.R.E.A.M.). 

But first, Adam headed to Michigan for law school and a judicial clerkship during the dawn of the Eminem epoch. While never slim, Adam was shady enough to woo his future spouse Laura during that time. 16 years later, Laura dropped some spoken word knowledge on South Orange at LTYM, following in the tradition of the original L-Boogie, Lauryn Hill. That performance inspired Adam to take the stage this year. And while he won't get paid for rapping to the nation (Ice Cube), you might find him at Libretti's one night bringing it back to the west coast where it all started and spitting some lyrics from Sir-a-Mix. 

L-Boogie and ATM have 4 lil old school hip hop fans: SiLasVegas (Changes by 2Pac), CK27 (Regulate by Warren G), Mad Flava (I Got 5 On It by Luniz) and Rose!E (Snow by Informer).