Laurie Stone

New York, NY 10025-5369

Author's Bio

I write fiction, literary nonfiction, flash fiction, and criticism. Laurie Stone is author of the novel Starting with Serge (Doubleday), the essay collection Laughing in the Dark (Ecco), and the memoir anthology (with other writers) Close to the Bone (Grove). A longtime writer for the Village Voice (1974-1999), she has been theater critic for The Nation and critic-at-large on Fresh Air. Included in her grants are two from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Kittredge Foundation, Yaddo, MacDowell, VCCA, the Edward Albee Colony, Saltonstall, Djerassi, the Millay Colony, Ragdale, and Poets & Writers. In 1996 she won the Nona Balakian prize in excellence in criticism from the National Book Critics Circle. She has published numerous memoir essays and stories in such publications as Fence, Open City, Anderbo, Nanofiction, The Los Angeles Review, New Letters, Ms., TriQuarterly, Threepenny Review, Memorious, Creative Nonfiction, St Petersburg Review, and Four Way Review. Her work will appear in the forthcoming issue of Fence. Her short fiction and nonfiction appear in the anthologies They’re at it Again: Stories from Twenty Years of Open City, In the Fullness of Time, The Face in the Mirror, The Other Woman, Best New Writing of 2007, Full Frontal Fiction, and Money, Honey, among others. Her reviews have been published in the L.A. Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and Newsday. She has given readings in dozens of venues, including The 92nd Street Y, Dixon Place, The Poetry Project, Barnes & Noble, KGB, The National Arts Club, and The New School. She has served as writer-in-residence at Pratt Institute, Old Dominion University, Thurber House, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Muhlenberg College. She has taught at the Paris Writers Workshop, the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia, Chapman University., Sarah Lawrence, Antioch, Fairleigh Dickinson, Ohio State, Arizona State University, Fordham, and Stonecoast Writers' Conference. She has had short residencies at Yale, CalArts, Trinity College, The University of North Texas, ArtCenter in Pasadena, Mills College, Indiana University, University of Connecticut, and School of the Arts at the Art Institute of Chicago. She served on the Board of the National Book Critics Circle and was included in the "Living Writers Series" at Muhlenberg College. In 2005, she participated in "Novel: An Installation," writing a book and living in a house designed by architects Salazar/Davis in the Flux Factory's gallery space. She has frequently collaborated with composer Gordon Beeferman in text/music works and is delighted to be working with him again in the 2016 St. Urbans series. Her book My Life as an Animal, Stories will be published in 2017. She is at work on the fiction collection The Love of Strangers. Her website is:

Publications and Prizes

Close to the Bone
(Grove Press, 1997)
, Laughing in the Dark
(Ecco Press, 1997)
, My Life as an Animal, Stories
(Northwestern University Press, 2018)
, Starting with Serge
(Doubleday, 1990)
Full Frontal Fiction
(Crown Publications, 2000)
, Honey
(Deutscher Tashenbuch Verlag, 2000)
, The Other Woman
(Warner Books, 2007)
American Literary Review, Book Forum, Chicago Tribune, Geo, Global City Review, In These Times, Interview, L.A. Times Book Review, Lincoln Center Theater Review, Money, More and Less, Ms. Magazine, Nerve, New Letters, New York Times, New York Woman, Newsday, Pequod, Poems & Plays, Signs, Stone Canoe, The Literary Review, The Nation, The New Yorker, Threepenny Review, Tikkun, TriQuarterly, Utne Reader, Village Voice, Viva, Vogue, Voice Literary Supplement, Washington Post, Women's Review of Books
Prizes Won: 
Notable essay of 2010, “Toby Dead,” in Best American Essay, 2011 Yaddo, 2010, 2006. Edward Albee Colony, July 2009. Millay Colony residency, April, 2009, New York Times Company Foundation fellow. Virginia Center for the Creative Arts residency, September 2009, October, 2008, February, 2009. Poets & Writers grant for creative writing workshop Hudson NY, April 2008 Kathryn Green Fund Fellowship, Djerassi Foundation for the Arts, 2008 Short listed for Eric Hoffer Award in short prose, 2007. Djerassi, 2007. MacNamara art colony, 2007. Ragdale Art Colony residency, 2007, 2006. Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, artist in residence, 2006. Poets & Writers grants for workshops and readings in California and New York, 1999-2007. Saltonstall artist residency, 2005. "A Woman Near a Door" nominated for a Pushcart Prize, 2005 Poets & Writers, for residency at Chapman University, April 2004. Poets & Writers, for writing workshop I conducted at Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, Blue Mountain Lake, 2003. Poets & Writers, for writing workshops conducted at the Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY. 2002. Poets & Writers for readings at Chapman University in California and Southampton College in 1999 and 2000. Finalist for Richard J. Margolis Award, 2001. New York Foundation for the Arts, $7000 for Nonfiction Literature, 2001. Poets & Writers grants for readings at Cornelia Street Café and at Chapman University, 2001. Winner of the Nona Balakian Prize for Excellence in Reviewing from The National Book Critics Circle, 1996. "Perfect Strangers" listed in "Notable Essays" in Best American Essays of 1994. New York Foundation for the Arts grant of $7000 in the category of literary nonfiction, 1993. Awarded residences at MacDowell Colony and Virginia Center for the Arts, 1990, 1991. MacDowell Colony residency, 1989. Kittredge Fund grant of $5000 for completion of first novel, 1984. MacDowell Colony residency, 1984. Nomination for Women's Front Page Journalism Award, 1978.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Charlotte Bronte, a Fiery Heart by Claire Harman
Negroland by Margo Jefferson

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Last updated: Jul 18, 2016