Paul Lisicky Reading
A Washington University MFA Program Sponsored Reading
Praise for THE NARROW DOOR:
A New York Times Editors' Choice
A Rumpus Book Club selection
Named one of the Most Exciting Books of 2016 by BUZZFEED, THE WEEK, and THE MILLIONS
Named a Best Book of the Year by SHELF AWARENESS, GOOGLE PLAY, THE MIAMI HERALD, LARGEHEARTED BOY, and THE COIL
In The Narrow Door, Paul Lisicky creates a compelling collage of scenes and images drawn from two long-term relationships, one with a woman novelist and the other with his ex-husband, a poet. The contours of these relationships shift constantly. Denise and Paul, stretched by the demands of their writing lives, drift apart, and Paul's romance begins to falter. And the world around them is frail: environmental catastrophes like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, natural disasters like the earthquake in Haiti, and local disturbances make an unsettling backdrop to the pressing concerns of Denise's cancer diagnosis and Paul's impending breakup. Lisicky's compassionate heart and resilience seem all the stronger in the face of such searing losses. His survival--hard-won, unsentimental, authentic--proves that in turning toward loss, we embrace life.
Paul Lisicky is the author of five books and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, Ploughshares, Tin House, and in many other magazines and anthologies. A 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, he has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he was twice a Fellow. He has taught in the creative writing programs at Cornell University, New York University, Rutgers University-Newark, Sarah Lawrence College, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and elsewhere. He currently teaches in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden. In Fall 2018 he will be a visiting professor at the University of Texas-Austin.