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Katy Lederer is the author of the poetry collections Winter Sex (Verse Press, 2002) and The Heaven-Sent Leaf (BOA Editions, 2008), as well as the memoir Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers (Crown, 2003), which Publishers Weekly included on its list of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2003, Amazon included on its list of Best Memoirs of 2003, and Esquire Magazine named one of its eight Best Books of the Year 2003. She is working on a new book of poems concerned with various forms of management and a novel about a young woman with a fictitious brain dysfunction who lives in Las Vegas.

Her poems and prose have appeared in Mike and Dale's Younger Poets, The Boston Review, Typomag, Jacket, The American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, Coconut, and elsewhere. She has been anthologized in Body Electric (Norton), From Poe to the Present: Great American Prose Poems (Scribner), and State of the Union (Wave Books), among other compilations. She is excited to see one of her poems appear in the forthcoming anthology "Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama's First 100 Days" (Iowa UP).

Educated at the University of California at Berkeley and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow, she serves as a Poetry Editor of Fence Magazine and is on the advisory boards of Fence Magazine/Fence Books and the Millay Colony for the Arts. From 1997-2007, she edited the magazine Explosive, which she also founded, and from 1998-1999, she edited the Poetry Project Newsletter. Her honors and awards include fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a Discover Great New Writers citation from Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers Program.

A former VP at a hedge fund in midtown Manhattan, Katy currently lives in Brooklyn, where she writes, reads, runs a small business from her home and practices yoga. She had a lot of fun teaching a poetry workshop at Columbia in the spring of 2009 and will teach one again in the spring of 2010.

Katy is proud to be the little sister of professional poker players Howard Lederer <www.howardlederer.com> and Annie Duke <www.annieduke.com>, who taught her how to play poker, and to be the daughter of the language writer and speaker Richard Lederer <www.verbivore.com>, who taught her how to use semi-colons.

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