January 1, 1970

The launch of Leigh Stein’s debut poetry collection, Dispatch from the Future


“Stein possesses a comic’s honesty and sense of timing, simultaneously enchanting and dark, yet never cynical. She’s already published a wonderful debut novel this year, but…she’s arguably an even better poet.”
— Publishers Weekly

Join Melville House in celebrating the launch of Leigh Stein’s debut poetry collection, Dispatch from the Future.

Leigh Stein’s poetry has been creating a buzz since her days as a New Yorker staffer. Funny, charming and imaginative, her work deals with the experience of growing up in a world saturated with fantasy and social media, and explores the trials of becoming an adult. Her numerous readings of her work around town—often presented dramatically, sometimes with puppets—made her a local hit.

Now, in the wake of the publication of her beloved first novel, The Fallback Plan, she lives up to the buzz with a funny, charming and imaginative debut poetry collection.

Uncanny yet lyrical, these poems go from the darkest side of Facebook to the remotest corner of the desert. Through online dating, beauty pageants, Greek mythology, and road trips, Stein weaves a tapestry of young women in love and in longing. Post-confessional, like Sylvia Plath raised on MTV, or Anne Sexton on Twitter, Stein knows how to draw readers in with a narrative hook, or a pop culture reference. This irreverent collection points the way to what contemporary poetry can be.

LEIGH STEIN‘s first novel, The Fallback Plan, was hailed as “beautiful, funny, thrilling, and true” by Gary Shteyngart (Super Sad True Love Story). A former New Yorker staffer and frequent contributor to its “Book Bench” blog, Stein is also the author of the poetry chapbook How to Mend a Broken Heart with Vengeance, and is the winner of the Transcontinental Poetry Prize, and Poets & Writers magazine’s Amy Award. She lives in Brooklyn and is working on her second novel.