Laurie Sheck

New York, NY 10003

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

A Monster's Notes
(Knopf, 2009)
, Amaranth
(University of Georgia Press, 1981)
, Black Series
(Knopf, 2001)
, Captivity
(Knopf, 2007)
, Io at Night
(Knopf, 1990)
, Island of the Mad
(Counterpoint Press, 2017)
, Poem A Day 2
(Steerforth Press, 2003)
, The Willow Grove
(Knopf, 1996)
Best American Poetry
(Macmillan, 2000)
, Best American Poetry
(Macmillan, 1991)
Iowa Review, New York Times, Paris Review, Poetry, The New Yorker, TriQuarterly, Verse
Prizes Won: 
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

Reviews, Recordings, and Interviews

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Fiction Writer, Poet
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Born in: 
bronx, ny
Raised in: 
new york, NY
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Last updated: Dec 08, 2016