Katy Lederer was born in 1972 in Concord, New Hampshire. Her father taught English at St. Paul's, an Episcopal boarding school on the outskirts of town. After attending St. Paul's, Lederer attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in English and anthropology. While there, she began writing poetry and studied with Robert Hass, Lyn Hejinian, and John Ash.
After a stint in Las Vegas learning poker from her professional poker playing siblings, Lederer attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop as an Iowa Arts Fellow, where she was awarded an Academy of American Poets Prize. In her first year at Iowa, Lederer started publishing Explosive Magazine, featuring emerging poets and hand-printed covers designed by the poet and artist David Larsen. She also published the chapbooks Faith (Idiom Press, 1998) and Music, No Staves (Poets & Poets Press, 1998).
BOOKS OF POETRY
Faith (Berkeley, California: Idiom Press, 1998); Music, No Staves (Elmwood, Connecticut: Potes & Poets Press, 1998); Winter Sex (Athens, Georgia: Verse Press, 2002) ; The Heaven-Sent Leaf (Rochester, New York: Boa Editions, 2008)
╬Winner of the PIP Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative Poetry in English
The Apperceptive Mass
Systemic and assembled with great calm.
On the face of one
Who goes into the silent place—
Who goes into the silent place,
Before the inner temple,
In the den,
An even-tempered lens through which the transmittal of all that is
We are hushed in our external sense
Our inner hearts are
Reprinted from Crowd, V, nos. 1-2 (2005). Copyright ©2005 by Katy Lederer.