Curious friends, countrymen, relatives, coworkers, and others who share the name “Lee Klein,” welcome to a site concocted to organize one particular Lee Klein’s literary activity. (Note: I am not the “poet, essayist, and writer on the arts” with the “Lee Klein” Wikipedia entry.)
My stories, essays, reviews, and translations have appeared in Agni, Brick, The Black Warrior Review, Canteen, Harper’s, Hobart, The Normal School, PEN America, and many other sites, journals, and anthologies, including The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007. In 2014, Atticus Books published The Shimmering Go-Between: A Novel about six months after Barrelhouse Books published Thanks and Sorry and Good Luck, a collection of unconventional rejection letters I sent between 1999 and 2014 as lone editor of Eyeshot.net, one of the first weird little lit sites. In 2004, Better Non Sequitur published Incidents of Egotourism in the Temporary World, a novel of sorts composed of travelogues, narrative essays, and dialogues. More recently, in July 2016, New Directions published my translation of Horacio Castellanos Moya’s Revulsion: Thomas Bernhard in San Salvador, for which I received a 2015 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Award. And in October 2017, Sagging Meniscus Press published JRZDVLZ, a novel narrated by the Jersey Devil, the notorious cryptozoological citizen of my original home state. I was educated, as some say, at Oberlin College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Since leaving Iowa City in 2006, I’ve lived in South Philadelphia near the Italian Market and the dueling cheesesteakeries. In recent years, I’ve done so with one wife-type person, one toddler girl-type person, and two cat-type people. Before moving to Iowa City for writing school in 2004, I lived for four years in Brooklyn (Greenpoint) — before that Princeton, before that hometown Lawrenceville, NJ, before that Boston, before that Austin, before that Oberlin College (where I pitched on the baseball team, thus the picture), before that hometown NJ, before that NYC for a day or so after being born there.
Here’s what I used to look like a long time ago. Here’s what I looked like a little before the Y2K apocalypse. Here’s a picture of me and my daughter on our birthday weekend in February 2014. Here’s a very serious “author photo” from November 2014:
To contact electronically: leeklein at gmail.
To send gifts: Box 18009, Philadelphia, PA 19147.
Also, I once posted 49 sloppy acoustic guitar improvisations here. And since Feb 2016 I’ve been posting electric improvised epics here. Ideal for all your background music needs, these “songs” are also available via iTunes and/or your favorite podcast app.
Note about the URL: “litfunforever.com” refers, in part, to literary fundamentalism, ie, belief in the power of serious literature to thoroughly elaborate the natural complexity of life and thereby oppose us-versus-them ideologies and reductionary character-restricted assertions of all stripes, an idea challenged or at least complicated by the recent presidential election results. More obviously, “litfunforever.com” also suggests the somewhat good-natured enjoyment of all things related to writing and reading until the ultimate break of dawn. “Lit Fun Forever” is also the working title of my essay collection, as well as the unwritten titular essay that I should really be working on right now instead of updating this pissant little compilation of past literary activities.
Some contributor copies I’ve received in actual physical print form, randomly arranged upon a wooden table: