Alexandra Kleeman & Kelly Luce

December 04, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Alexandra Kleeman is a Staten Island-based writer of fiction and nonfiction, and the winner of the 2016 Bard Fiction Prize. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story, Conjunctions, and Guernica, among others. Nonfiction essays and reportage have appeared in Harper’s, Tin House, n+1, and The Guardian. Her work has received scholarships and grants from Bread Loaf, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Santa Fe Art Institute, and ArtFarm Nebraska. She is the author of the debut novel You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine (Harper, 2015) and Intimations (Harper, 2016), a short story collection.

Alexandra Kleeman’s debut novel You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine earned her comparisons to Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Ben Marcus, and Tom Perrotta. It was praised by the New York Times as “a powerful allegory of our civilization’s many maladies, artfully and elegantly articulated, by one of the young wise women of our generation.” In her second book, Intimations, a collection of twelve stories irresistibly seductive in their strangeness, she explores human life from beginning to end. Elegant, surprising, wondrous, and haunting, Intimations is an utterly transporting collection from one of our most ingenious and brilliant young writers. -Goodreads

Kelly Luce’s story collection, THREE SCENARIOS IN WHICH HANA SASAKI GROWS A TAIL (A Strange Object), set in Japan, won Foreword Reviews’ Editor’s Choice Prize in Fiction and was a finalist for book prizes from the Texas Institute of Letters & Writers League of Texas. Kelly will read from her debut novel, PULL ME UNDER. She will be a 2016-2017 fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
Her work has been recognized by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Ragdale Foundation, Kerouac House, Ucross, Jentel Arts, and the Michener Center for Writers, and has most recently appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Salon, O magazine, the Southern Review. She will be a 2016-2017 fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Luce is a Contributing Editor for Electric Literature. She hails from Illinois and lives in California’s Santa Cruz mountains.
Pull Me Under is gripping, psychologically complex fiction--at the heart of which is an affecting exploration of home, self-acceptance, and the limits of forgiveness.

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