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Sep 23, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Poetry Was My Gateway Drug: Leigh Stein and Alexander Chee read and discuss the relationship between fiction and non-fiction writing

With Leigh Stein and Alexander Chee

Increasingly, writers are falling into discrete literary camps and are asked to define themselves — as novelists, poets, essayists — and often expected to stay true to form. Poet/Novelist Leigh Stein (author of the poetry collection Dispatch From the Future and the novel The Fallback Plan) and Novelist/Essayist Alexander Chee Author of Edinburgh and the forthcoming novel Queen of the Night) will discuss ever-present tension between poetry, fiction and non-fiction writing and how one often leads to another and whether or not they should.

In celebration of the Brooklyn Book Festival, Stein and Chee will read from their own work and discuss how they have moved flexibly between poetry, fiction and non-fiction writing within their own genre-spanning careers. Hosted by Lisa Lucas (Assistant Publisher, Guernica Magazine). Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Mobile Libris.


Alexander Chee

Alexander Chee is the author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night, due out in 2013. Publisher’s Weekly called him “a gifted, poetic writer who takes big risks.” He is a Whiting Award winner and his stories and essays have appeared in The Paris Review Daily, Granta, The LA Review of Books, Salon and The Morning News. Follow him @alexanderchee.

Leigh Stein 

Leigh Stein is the author of the novel THE FALLBACK PLAN, which New York Magazine called “a masterwork of the post-collegiate babysitting genre,” and a book of poems, DISPATCH FROM THE FUTURE, which was a Publishers Weekly pick for Best Summer Books of 2012. Her non-fiction has appeared in Allure and Bookforum. Follow her @rhymeswithbee

Lisa Lucas

Lisa Lucas is an assistant publisher at Guernica Magazine and a non-fiction programmer for the Brooklyn Book Festival. In addition to literary pursuits, she also works as a non-profit arts consultant, with a focus on curriculum development, marketing, fundraising, and program design/development. Additionally, Lucas serves as a council member at Bronx Preparatory Charter School; a national juror for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and is a 2012 juror for the New Orleans Film Festival (Narrative Shorts in Competition). She tweets as @likaluca.


Sep 23, 2012
8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

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