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 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

Saturday, May 9th, 8pm:
Please come support The Poetry Project's Spring Thing
Featuring John Giorno, Dia Felix, Miguel Gutierrez, and David Grubbs
Poetry Project, 131 East 10th Street, NYC
Poetry Project Event

Friday, May 15th, 7pm:
I will be reading to help launch N+1's City by City Anthology
Book Court, 163 Court Street, Brooklyn
City by City Event

Saturday, May 30th, 7:30pm (9pm reading):
A Celebration of Solid Objects Press
& Book Launch for Julie Carr and Lisa Jarnot
502 4th Street between 7th and 8th Aves, Brooklyn
Solid Objects Event

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

...at Book Court on the literature of capitalism; on behalf of The Millay Colony for the Arts and a Public Space; at Fordham University on careers outside of teaching for creative writers; at Edith Wharton's Estate, The Mount on "Old Money and New Money"; at Denison, Kenyon, Western Kentucky University, Georgetown College, Barnard, UVM, Buffalo State, Cleveland State, Lawrence University, Boise State, Portland State, and Sonoma State University; in the Sarabande, Medicine Show, PSA Poems and Pints, Non-Motivational Speakers, and Slope Editions Series.

Katy Lederer's Website