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About the Author

Kate Johnson
Wolf Literary Services

Meagan Harris
Simon & Schuster


100 word biographical profile

Author Photo (standing)
Photo credit: John Gruen

Author Photo (seated)
Photo credit: John Gruen

Cover Art: What Was Mine

Cover Art: Making It

Helen is a poet and novelist whose work has appeared in The New YorkerThe New York Times, and in literary journals and anthologies. Her latest novel What Was Mine (Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books) was chosen by People magazine as a “Best New Book of 2016.” She is at work on a new novel, forthcoming from Little, Brown–a saga of four generations, set in an ancestral home in Connecticut where a crime committed there in 1926 is discovered when the house is renovated in 2016.

Her first novel, Making It: A Novel of Madison Avenue was published as an e-book with a digital epilogue that provides links to online content where readers can find out what happens next in the life of each character.

She is the creator and editor of a poetry anthology published by Red Hen Press in October 2016. The Traveler’s Vade Mecum is a compendium of new poems titled by old telegrams sourced from an 1853 book she discovered on Twitter. Contributors include Billy Collins, Frank Bidart and Abigail Thomas.

Helen has long been interested in digital ways to tell stories. In her former life in advertising, she was the creator of an award winning ad blog (AdBroad) and the acclaimed Twitter handle @BettyDraper. Her channeling Mad Men characters to another platform was unofficial, but recognized by AMC and earned her invitations to speak at conferences (SXSWi, Digital Hollywood, STORYWORLD) and citations in books on new media entertainment including The Art of Immersion by Wired editor Frank Rose. She is an avid speaker on 21st century storytelling. Appearances include Duke University, Columbia University and NJ Library Association.

Helen graduated from Cornell University and received an MFA from The New School. She lives with her husband in New York City and Salisbury, CT.