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), which was a New York Times Book Review "Editor's Choice" and one of Esquire's eight "Best Books of the Year." She has been profiled in The New Yorker, The New York Times Dealbook section, and on NPR's Markeplace and To The Best of Our Knowledge, among other venues.
Educated at the University of California at Berkeley and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, her honors and awards include fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a Discover Great New Writers citation from Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers Program. Her poetry, essays, and reviews have been published in a diverse array of magazines including The Paris Review, The Enemy, The American Poetry 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 twelve years she worked in quantitative finance, first at a hedge fund in midtown Manhattan and then as CEO of Intelligent Alternatives, a technical headhunting firm that she founded. 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 Solnitthese are the authors she can't get enough of.
Previously the editor of The Poetry Project Newsletter and a poetry editor at Fence Magazine, Lederer edited her own poetry magazine and books series, Explosive Magazine and Spectacular Books, from 1997 to 2007. For many years, Lederer served on the boards of The Millay Colony for the Arts and Fence Magazine. Currently, she serves on the boards of the St. Mark's Poetry Project, N+1, Bennington Review, and the online art magazine Triple Canopy. She is also proud to actively support Yaddo, Ugly Duckling Presse, The Asian American Writers' Workshop, The Poetry Society of America, The Natural Resources Defense Council, NextGen Climate, and many other organizations.
Currently, Lederer is at work on a collection of essays around apocalyptic themes, a collection of poetry titled The Engineers on the topics of genetics, autoimmunity, deformity, and motherhood, and a book-length science fictional sonnet sequence titled Polar Bodies that takes place inside the sun. She can be reached at .