Leigh Newman Reads Her Paris Review Story “Howl Palace”
On Storybound, Our Radio-Theater Podcast
Storybound is a radio theater program designed for the podcast age. Hosted by Jude Brewer and with original music composed for each episode, the podcast features the voices of today’s literary icons reading their essays, poems, and fiction.
On the sixteenth episode of the fourth season, Leigh Newman reads her Paris Review story “Howl Palace,” backed by an original Storybound remix, and sound design and arrangement by Jude Brewer.
Leigh Newman’s memoir about Alaska, Still Points North (Dial, 2013), was a finalist for the National Book Critic Circle’s John Leonard prize. Her short stories have appeared in the Paris Review, Harper’s, One Story, Tin House, and McSweeney’s. She is the winner of the Paris Review’s 2020 Terry Southern Prize for “humor, wit, and sprezzatura” and her story “Howl Palace” was selected for 2020 Best American Short Stories. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Bookforum, Vogue, and O, The Oprah Magazine.
She has taught creative writing at Pratt, Sarah Lawrence, and New York University and has received fellowships from Yaddo, Breadloaf, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the former books editor of Oprah.com, the co-founder of Black Balloon/Catapult Publishing, and is now the senior editor-at-large at Catapult. Her story collection, Nobody Gets out Alive, is set to be published in April 2022 by Scribner.
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