Leecynth “Lee” Hunkins

As a professional playwright and television writer, my life experiences allow me to create intriguing stories for others while keeping my mind active and young.

In spite of no formal education in writing, I learned my craft from hands-on experience in a Harlem community theater. I have now been in the business for more than 50 years and have won numerous awards and accolades, including two Emmy nominations. I’m especially proud of my teleplay, “Hollow Image,” which appeared on national TV in 1979 as well as my writing for the PBS “Reading Rainbow” series.

I stay active and engaged by volunteering with the New York City Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Healing Arts Initiative and Goddard Riverside Community Center. I love learning from others, so I make it a habit to get to know everyone I meet; perhaps that’s why my list of friends keeps growing. I learn from others and offer what I can in the way of friendship. I’m filled with curiosity and wake up each morning wondering what the new day has in store for me. A beautiful mind keeps expanding in life.

Fun fact: Leecynth’s home state of New York is ranked near the top of the brain-healthiest states, with an America’s Brain Health Index ranking of No. 8.

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