Alexander Chee

Writer

Chee is author of the 2016 novel “The Queen of the Night,” which spent three weeks on the L.A. Times bestseller list, and the novel “Edinburgh.” Chee was a winner of the Whiting Award in 2003 and has received a National Endowment  for the Arts fellowship. He has taught writing at Wesleyan University, the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Columbia University, and currently lives in New York City, where he curates the Dear Reader series at Ace Hotel New York.

Recent Articles

  • Alexander Chee recommends essays by Mary Gaitskill and Yiyun Li

    Alexander Chee recommends essays by Mary Gaitskill and Yiyun Li

    I’ve loved and admired Mary Gaitskill’s essays over the years as they’ve appeared in between her novels and short story collections, and here, collected at last in “Somebody with A Little Hammer,” with a cover she designed herself, I felt like I had not just a collection of her essays but an essential...

  • Alexander Chee on the life, work and loss of his mentor, Kit Reed

    Alexander Chee on the life, work and loss of his mentor, Kit Reed

    The first day of Kit Reed’s advanced fiction class, sitting in the yellow Victorian house I would come to know simply as “Lawn Avenue,” was my first time for so many things. I had never been taught by a professor in her own home, for example, and I remember I couldn’t stop looking at it all. I...

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