From Our Soundbooth | April 08, 2022

Hello and welcome to Miller Aud-cast, the Missouri Review podcast where we listen to and discuss the finalists for the 2021 Miller Audio Prize. Thank you for being here, wherever that may be, for episode 58 and the really final finalist for the 2021 Miller Audio Prize in Humor, Vered Hankin’s “A Mother’s Day Delight.”

Called “the leading storyteller of her generation,” (Howard Schwartz, New York Jewish Week), Vered Hankin, PhD, is a storyteller, actor, psychologist and writer. Her storytelling has been featured on NPR and Public Radio International (PIR). She is the author of two storybook collections, The Talking Treasure and In the Beginning: Sparks for a Child’s Week. Her audio CD, The Day The Rabbi Disappeared: Jewish Holiday Tales of Magic (based on the book by Howard Schwartz) won the National Association of Parenting Publication’s Award of Excellence and the Film Advisory Board’s Gold Award. She was also a featured storyteller in LA Library’s CD series and radio show, One People: Many Stories hosted by Jerry Stiller. As an actor she has widely performed Off Broadway in New York, and in Chicago. She has published numerous articles as a faculty member at Northwestern University. She was interviewed and featured in Forbes, Lifestyle Magazine, Edge NY and Bright Lights of the Second City: 50 Prominent Chicagoans Living with Passion and Purpose. Poetry publications include Coal City Review and Kiosk Magazine. In her utter boredom and overwhelm during the pandemic, she launched into a series of personal essays. As such, this is her first prose publication in twenty years, and she’s grateful for the chance to vent and call it literature. Vered is an unbelievable mother of three children who are brilliant, selfless, and eternally grateful.

Thanks so much for being here with us for these Miller Aud-casts. Stay tuned: in the next week or so, we’ll have the announcements you’ve all been waiting for: the winners of the 2021 Miller Audio Prize.

Thanks as always to the outgoing Missouri Review contest editor, Bailey Boyd, and to Patricia Miller, for her generous support for the Miller Audio Prize.

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