Dina Peone

Dina Peone is currently a lecturer of nonfiction writing at the University of Chicago and an adjunct professor at the University of Iowa. A recipient of the Lucy Grealy Prize for Poetry and a Pushcart nominee, her essays have appeared in The Sarah Lawrence Review, Bat City Review and The Lascaux Review, among others. As the Summer 2020 Writer-in-Residence at the Jack Kerouac House, Dina is at work on a memoir about burning in a house fire when she was a morbid teenager.

Stories By Dina Peone

The High Notes and Hard Knocks of My Traveling Karaoke Family

My parents owned a karaoke business, and we were all on stage together night after night, with Dad belting “YMCA” and Mom coo-ing like Marilyn Monroe. When disaster struck, singing was our savior.