Star of Happiness promotional shot: Godin in white, sleeves hanging down. The End looms large in projection.


M. Leona Godin is a writer, performer, and educator. Her nonfiction debut is  There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness (Pantheon Books, 2021) . Learn more about the book and the people in it at Her writing can be found in such diverse publications as The New York Times, Playboy, O Magazine, Electric Literature, and Catapult. For more of her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, check out her list of publications.

Godin (pronounced like French sculptor Rodin) is the founding editor of Aromatica Poetica, an online magazine exploring the arts & sciences of smell & taste. She  received her PhD from NYU in Early Modern Literature and promptly turned around and wrote two plays: The Spectator & the Blind Man, about the very sexy history of the invention of braille, and The Star of Happiness, about Helen Keller’s time on Vaudeville. You can learn more about her theatrical and filmic adventures HERE.

Besides her many years teaching literature and  humanities courses at NYU, she has lectured on art, accessibility, technology, and disability at such places as Tandon School of Engineering, Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, and the American Printing House for the Blind.

M. Leona Godin was born with the birth name Michelle Leona Goodin–but if you call her by the “M” word, she’ll not talk to you anymore. Check out “Me by Any Other Name,” for more on the momentous name shift.

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Leona is represented by Markus Hoffmann at RHA Literary.

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