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Laurie Stone

Laurie Stone is author of the novel Starting with Serge (Doubleday), the memoir collection Close to the Bone (Grove), and Laughing in the Dark (Ecco), a collection of her writing on comic performance. A longtime writer for the Village Voice, she has been theater critic for The Nation, critic-at-large on Fresh Air, a member of The Bat Theater Company, and a regular writer for Ms., New York Woman, and Viva. She has received grants from The New York Foundation for the Arts, the Kittredge Foundation, Yaddo, MacDowell, VCCA, Albee, Saltonstall, Djerassi, Millay Colony, Ragdale, Poets & Writers, and in 1996 she won the Nona Balakian prize in excellence in criticism from the National Book Critics Circle. She has published numerous memoir essays and stories in such publications as Open City, Anderbo, The Los Angeles Review, Ms., nthWord, TriQuarterly, The Literary Review, Threepenny Review, Speakeasy, Exquisite Corpse, Stone Canoe, High Desert Journal, Memorious, Solstice, The Montreal Review, American Theatre, Intar Journal, Signs, and Creative Nonfiction.

She has taught at the Paris Writers Workshop, the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia, Chapman Un., Sarah Lawrence, Antioch, Fairleigh Dickinson, Ohio State, Arizona State Un., Fordham, and Stonecoast Writers' Conference. She has had short residencies at Yale, CalArts, Trinity College, The University of North Texas, ArtCenter in Pasadena, Mills College, Indiana Un., Univerity of Connecticut, and School of the Arts at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1993 and 2001 she received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts in the category of Nonfiction Literature. She served on the Board of the National Book Critics Circle and was included in the "Living Writers Series" at Muhlenberg College. In 2005, she participated in "Novel: An Installation," writing a book and living in a house designed by architects Salazar/Davis in Flux Factory's gallery space.  She is a founding member of FlashPoint, a text-and-music performance company. And she is currently at work on My Life as an Animal, Some Kind of Romance and and The Pain of Language, a collection of essays.