Ilana Garon

Writer | Educator


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My name is Ilana. This is a picture of me, above. See? I clean up nicely.

I’m originally from Virginia, but right now I live in Tennessee, where I’m a full-time instructor in the English department of Nashville State Community College. From 2003-2017 I worked as an English teacher in a New York City public high school, teaching 10th-12th graders.

I’m also a writer, as you can tell from this website; my articles are mostly about education policy or teaching in general, but sometimes about other stuff. (Lately I’ve also been interested in veterans’ issues as they connect with community college education.) My book, Why Do Only White People Get Abducted by Aliens?, is a (hopefully) humorous account of daily life in an inner city school.

Next project: I’m a little over halfway through writing a YA novel. (I need to get my behind in a chair more!)

In my free time I enjoy…you know, normal things! I’m an avid runner–my favorite distance is the half marathon. I read The New Yorker magazine religiously, but I also really dig pulpy mysteries and silly historical fiction novels, like the ones Alan Furst writes. I love watching movies, hanging out with friends, fangirl-ing elite competitive swimming and running, and taking beautiful hikes. I’ve never met a mountain I didn’t like! I’m obsessed with running shoes (I currently wear Hoka and Saucony), and really all running gear (Stingers! Flip-belts! Body Glide!) I love dark chocolate with sea salt. I’m also quite partial to coffee, as it enables me to keep late hours. I keep very late hours.

Feel free to get in touch with me on my contact page, on any form of social media, or via owl post.

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Running a 1/2 marathon. (Molon labe!)

Ilana Running More-Mag Half

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Raising an eyebrow at you.


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With my awesome brothers at a family wedding on NYE.


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With my adorable main man (and favorite soldier), Tim. We are legit the worst cyclists EVER–every car on the road honked at us.

San Juan Islands