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Laurie Sheck

Author's Bio

I am very interested in hybridity and mixed-genre works, and non-fiction as a dynamic and activating presence within hybrid works that blur the lines between "fiction" and "poetry." I am also deeply interested in the multi-vocal. My latest works are long hybrids--A Monster's Notes ( which re-imagines Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; and the forthcoming Island of the Mad, which involves itself with Venice, the Venetian Plague of 1557, and the lives and works of Dostoevsky and Bulgakov. A Monster's Notes was chosen as one of the 10 Best Fictions of the Year by Entertainment Weekly and was long-listed for the Dublin Impac International Fiction Prize. I have taught at Princeton, Columbia (graduate program)and elsewhere, and have presented my work at Harvard, NYU, the New York Public Library, Vermont Studio Center, Te Center for Fiction, NYC, PEN World Voices, Baruch College CUNY, and elsewhere. I am interested in Chinese culture and have a Chinese daughter.

Publications and Prizes

Island of the Mad (Counterpoint Press, 2017), A Monster's Notes (Knopf, 2009), Captivity (Knopf, 2007), Poem A Day 2 (Steerforth Press, 2003), Black Series (Knopf, 2001), The Willow Grove (Knopf, 1996), Io at Night (Knopf, 1990), Amaranth (University of Georgia Press, 1981)
Best American Poetry (Macmillan, 2000), Best American Poetry (Macmillan, 1991)
Iowa Review, New York Times, Paris Review, Poetry, The New Yorker, TriQuarterly, Verse
finalist, Pulitzer Prize Guggenheim Fellowship Two NEA Fellowships Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard Fellow, Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, New York Public Library Etc.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride, Needs of Strangers by Michael Ignatieff, In A Year of 13 Moons (screenplay) by RW Fassbinder, Summer in Baden-Baden by Leonid Tsypkin, Slow Manifesto by Lebbeus Woods
Favorite Books:
The Idiot, Collected Dickinson, Frankenstein, Dream of the Red Chamber,Remembrance of Things Past, Divine Comedy, My Emily Dickinson, Collected Gertrude Stein
Favorite Authors:
Dostoevsky,Emily Dickinson, Mary Shelley, Susan Howe, WG Sebald, Bakhtin, Gertrude Stein, Melville, Proust, David Markson, Cao Xuequin, Dante, John Cage, Bulgakov

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Listing last updated: December 8, 2016

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Fiction Writer, Poet
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Born in:
bronx, ny, NY
Raised in:
new york, NY
Melanie Jackson

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