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Tonya Plank

Agent: Angela Rinaldi
New York, New York, United States


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I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and attended University of Arizona, in Tucson, for undergrad. I then moved east for grad school -- at Brown University -- where I studied European Intellectual History, and received an M.A. I realized academia wasn't for me so I moved on to Rutgers Law in Newark, New Jersey, which, during my time there had the honor of being the most dangerous city in the country! While there I wrote and published several law review articles about things like gender and the law, law and literature, and international human rights.

I spent most of my legal career as an appellate-level criminal defense attorney for indigents in New York. While practicing law, I wrote my first novel (Swallow), which was published in late fall 2009. I also took up competitive ballroom dancing and started a dance blog, Swan Lake Samba Girl, journaling my somewhat pathetic experiences learning to dance as an adult. SLSGs focus soon evolved to the concert dance scene including ballet, modern, Broadway, and popular dance on TV. SLSG has been lauded by James Wolcott of Vanity Fair and Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal, and has been cited in those publications as well as the New York Times and Its even won awards from a couple legal websites for some more legal-oriented posts (I covered the Sean Bell shooting trial, for example), and for best extracurricular blog by a lawyer.

I currently live in New York, where Im working on my second novel.

Interests: criminal law, ballroom dance, ballet, dance,

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Swallow