Alexandra Kleeman

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Alexandra Kleeman
Born1986 (age 32–33)
Berkeley, CA
OccupationAuthor, writer
Alma materBrown University
GenreFiction, short story
Notable worksYou Too Can Have a Body Like Mine (2015)
Notable awardsThe Bard Fiction Prize (2016)

Alexandra Kleeman is an American writer. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Early life and education[edit]

Kleeman was born in Berkeley, California, in 1986 to an American professor of religious studies and a Taiwanese teacher of Japanese literature.[1][2] She grew up in Japan and Colorado.[3] Kleeman studied creative writing and cognitive science at Brown University, and received an MFA from Columbia University in 2012.


In 2010 Kleeman's short story "Fairy Tale" was published in The Paris Review while she was in her first semester of her MFA program.[4] In 2015 her first novel You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine was published.[5][6][7][8][9] You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine was longlisted for both the New York Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize and Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.[10][11] Her short story collection Intimations was published in 2016.[12] Kleeman was the recipient of the 2016 Bard Fiction Prize for promising writers under the age of 40.[13]

Kleeman teaches writing at The New School in New York. She previously taught at Columbia University School of the Arts. She has written for The New Yorker, Paris Review, Harper's, Vogue, Zoetrope, New York Times Magazine, and n+1, among others.

Personal life[edit]

Kleeman is married to writer Alex Gilvarry and lives in Staten Island.[14][15]


  • You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, Harper, 2015, ISBN 9780062388674
  • Intimations: Stories, Harper, 2016, ISBN 9780062388704


  1. ^ "Q&A with author Alexandra Kleeman". The Financial Times. February 10, 2017. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  2. ^ Bausells, Marta (January 26, 2017). "Alexandra Kleeman: 'Where I grew up, there is a daily sense of your smallness'". The Guardian. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  3. ^ Wallace-Wells, David (December 16, 2010). "Alexandra Kleeman on "Fairy Tale"". The Paris Review. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  4. ^ Kleeman, Alexandra (December 12, 2017). "What I Learned After Lorin Stein Published My Story". The Cut. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Tashjian, Rachel (25 August 2015). "You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine and Our Obsession with Beauty Routines, Diet Diaries, and Chia Seeds". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  6. ^ Luiselli, Valeria (4 September 2015). "'You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine,' by Alexandra Kleeman". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  7. ^ Sheehan, James (27 August 2015). "Cults, Foam Heads And Other Weird Things Thrive In 'Body Like Mine'". NPR. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  8. ^ Singer, maya (August 17, 2015). "Alexandra Kleeman's You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine Is Fight Club for Women". Vogue. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  9. ^ Neely-Cohen, Maxwell (August 25, 2015). "Brand Anorexia: Alexandra Kleeman". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  10. ^ "National Book Critics Circle: Final Round of John Leonard Award Voting Begins - Critical Mass Blog". Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  11. ^ "2015 Center for Fiction long list announced » MobyLives". Melville House Books. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  12. ^ Hoby, Hermione (September 23, 2016). "Alexandra Kleeman Writes Like an Alien on an Anthropological Mission to Earth". The New York Times. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  13. ^ College, Bard. "Bard College | Bard Fiction Prize". Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  14. ^ "Alexandra Kleeman and Alex Gilvarry: Notes from the Reading Life". New York Public Library. June 29, 2018. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  15. ^ "Alexandra Kleeman". Columbia - School of the Arts. Retrieved 2018-05-27.