About

Katy Lederer is the author of the poetry collections Winter Sex (Verse) and The Heaven-Sent Leaf (BOA Editions), as well as the memoir Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers (Crown). Her poems, essays, and reviews have been published in a diverse array of magazines including Mike and Dale's Younger Poets, The Paris Review, The Enemy, The American Poetry Review, The New York Times Book Review, and Poetry London.

In her writing, work, and activism, Lederer focuses on the intersection between feeling and analysis, passion and data, and excess and traditional form. For several years, she worked at a quantitative hedge fund in midtown Manhattan. She has also worked as a teacher, anthropological researcher, assistant to the late psychoanalyst Arnold Cooper, and semi-professional poker player. She counts among her primary influences the works of Edith Wharton, John Kenneth Galbraith, Lyn Hejinian, Georges Bataille, Susan Sontag, Sylvia Plath, Octavia Butler, Michel Houellebecq, and Rebecca Solnit—these are the authors she can't get enough of.

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Current Readings and Events

Katy Lederer, Alissa Quart & Lucinda Rosenfeld
Creative Destruction: The Literature of Capitalism

Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 7pm
Book Culture, 536 W. 112th Street, Manhattan

Book Party in Celebration of Please Excuse This Poem
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 7pm
A Public Space, 323 Dean Street Brooklyn

Katy Lederer & Graham Foust
Saturday, October 4, 2014, 7pm
A Public Space, 323 Dean Street Brooklyn

Katy Lederer, Anthony Tognazzini & Sean Thomas Dougherty
Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 7pm
Bryant Park Reading Room, Bryan Park, New York


Recent Readings and Events

Fordham University on careers outside of teaching for creative writers; at Edith Wharton's Estate, The Mount, on "Old Money and New Money"; readings at Denison, Kenyon, Western Kentucky University, Georgetown College, Barnard, UVM, Buffalo State, Cleveland State, Lawrence University, Boise State, Portland State, and Sonoma State Universities; and as part of the Sarabande, Medicine Show, PSA Poems and Pints, Non-Motivational Speakers, and Slope Editions Series....

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