Our annual Literary Debutante Ball celebrates One Story authors who are publishing their first books.
This year, we’re also honoring a past One Story author who has gone on to make a significant contribution to literature and the literary community. The 2022 Distinguished Alum is Leigh Newman, who published with One Story in 2005.
Leigh Newman is the author of One Story issue #52, “Listening for Marianne.” Her collection Nobody Gets Out Alive was released by Scribner in April 2022 and includes stories that have appeared in the Paris Review, Harper’s, Best American Short Stories 2020, Tin House, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern and Electric Literature. Her memoir about growing up in Alaska, Still Points North (Dial, 2013) was a finalist for the National Book Critic Circle’s John Leonard prize and her story “Howl Palace” was awarded both a Pushcart prize and an American Society of Magazine Editors’ fiction prize. In 2020, she received the Paris Review’s Terry Southern Prize for “humor, wit, and sprezzatura.”
She teaches at New York University, serves as an editor-at-large at Catapult Books and as the editor-in-chief of Zibby Books. When not writing, she looks after her two dogs, two chickens, two kids, and her beloved, disgruntled cat.