Margot Kahn's first book, Horses That Buck, is the biography of an old rodeo cowboy. She is the recipient of a Hertog Fellowship from Columbia University, the Ohioana Library Association’s Walter Marvin Rumsey Award for a promising writer under 30, the High Plains “Best First Book” Award and individual artist awards from the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and the King County Arts Commission. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and has worked professionally as a journalist, speechwriter and arts administrator. She currently curates creative writing programs at Richard Hugo House in Seattle, Washington.
At 16, my dream job was working behind the deli counter at Daitch Shopwell. As a stock boy this would be a coup. Watching Milton or Marty cut thin slices of rare roast beef and Jarlsberg Swiss, I cried with pain. Pain that some son of a bitch was going to eat that tasty mound […]
When we were kids, starting at about 15-years old, there was a bar we’d frequent on Fifth Street east of Avenue A, just past the Con Edison substation. It was called the Chic Choc, but we knew it either as Chic’s or Mrs. C’s. Customers addressed the woman behind the bar who owned the place […]
(Author’s Note: I saw the homeless woman sitting in front of Saks Fifth Avenue holding her sign, interacting with the passers by, taunting some, flirting with others, cajoling the rest, So I gave her a name, created her back story and decided to tell it as I thought she might.) A Yellow Cashmere Scarf “She […]