Local grad makes national best of 2013 list

Wright State grad works as voice artist in L.A.

Dayton native Angelle Haney Gullett has a voice that is getting attention.

The Colonel White High School and Wright State University graduate has been recognized by Books on Tape's website for her narration and voice work on the audio book for the New York Times notable book "A Marker to Measure Drift" (Deckle Edge, audio book list price $35), by Alexander Maksik.

The audio book is listed among the website’s Best of 2013.

The 83 ‘all-star’ books on the list were “pulled from the country’s top publications, including The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, AudioFile Magazine, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and more,” the website says.

A Marker to Measure Drift is described as “a hypnotic, spellbinding novel set in Greece and Africa, where a young Liberian woman reckons with a haunted past.”

Haney Gullett, a former Dayton Daily News writer and editorial assistant, says she developed a love of literature from her parents, Sue Kauth, now of Eaton, and Tom Johnson, now of Beavercreek.

“I’ve always wanted to narrate audio books, ever since I was a little girl reading the Chronicles of Narnia into my mom’s tape recorder,” she said. “And to do a difficult, important novel like this, that dealt with trauma, atrocity and human resilience was a baptism by fire. Not to mention the half-a-dozen European and African accents it called for. But it’s what I love, and I can’t wait to do more of them.”

Once a fixture in Dayton’s music scene and Dayton Daily News club and bar reviewer, Haney Gullett and her husband, musician Steven Gullett, moved to Los Angeles in September of 2007.

Haney Gullett currently works mostly as a screen writer and voice artist. She occassionally edits books and works as an actress. She appeared in the Science Channel mini series “Alien Encounters.”

Her voice work includes Zombie Radio Show, the upcoming indie film The Bang Bang Brokers and webisodes for toymaker MGA Entertainment.

Haney Gullett has also done voice work for a Betty Ford Clinic educational series.

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