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 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 Dr. 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.


Current Readings and Events

Tuesday, November 17, 7pm:
I will be performing a collaboration with the poet Jennifer Firestone as part of the Double Take Series at ApexArt
291 Church Street, NYC

Saturday, November 7, 3-5pm
Prelude 2 Launch at Baby's All Right
We are celebrating our second print issue with an afternoon launch party and reading at Baby's All Right featuring: Kaveh Akbar, Shira Erlichman, Diana Hamilton, Jason Koo, Katy Lederer, Matt Longabucco, Angel Nafis
$10 admission includes a copy of Prelude 2
146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Saturday, September 12, 3-6pm:
I will be reading poems in dialogue with visual artist Maxine Henryson as part of the exhibit If These Walls
Sponsored by A.I.R. Gallery and Underwater New York
Governor's Island, New York

Friday, June 5th:
I will be reading to help celebrate Please Excuse This Poem Hudson Valley Writers Center
300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow, NY

Katy Lederer's Website