Stacey Levine is an American novelist, short story author, and journalist. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she attended The University of Missouri's journalism school and the University of Washington. Her fiction and criticism have appeared in numerous journals, including The Washington [D.C.] Review, Fence, The Denver Quarterly, Tin House, the Notre Dame Review, the Iowa Review, The American Book Review, Nest-A Journal of Interiors, The Seattle Times, Bookforum, The Stranger, and others.
Levine received a Stranger Genius Award for Literature in 2009, and two of her books were named as Finalists for the Washington State Book Award in Fiction. Her work received a PEN/West Fiction award in 1994. She has received a number of writing grants and fellowships. She wrote the script for a radio play, The Post Office (1996), and a one-act play, Susan Moneymaker, Large and Small, published as a chapbook by Belladonna Books (NYC) and produced in Seattle. She wrote the libretto for an historical puppet opera, The Wreck of the St. Nikolai (2004); this work was directed and performed in Seattle by cellist Lori Goldston and accordionist Kyle Hanson.
Reviewer and filmmaker Kristy Eldridge remarked of Levine's 1998 novel Dra---: "[It] takes place at the site of the earliest human issues. Levine even uses overtly Freudian underpinnings, as Dra--- at one point nestles jealously between a man and woman who are trying to have sex...though her sexuality is located at such a submerged area of childish fantasy that it could scarcely be termed a 'drive.' Levine evokes the early stages of longing with beautiful, arresting prose."
Bookforum described Levine's work as "brilliantly unnerving." Another Bookforum review of 2009 story collection The Girl With Brown Fur described the work as "edgy and brittle, spare and stabbing," and her sentences as possessing "throat-clutching beauty."
Time Out New York noted Levine's 2005 novel Frances Johnson as possessing "an uncanny vibe...and full of weird lacunae." Stephen Beachy, in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, observed: "If Levine's worlds sometimes evoke those of French writer Marie Redonnet or Canadian Steve Wiener, these psychic zones are entirely her own."
In the early-to mid-2000s (decade), Levine, among other authors, contributed to Clear Cut Press, a venue with an artistic vision and trajectory first articulated by Clear Cut publishers Matthew Stadler and Richard Jensen during a particularly heady artistic DIY zeitgeist in the region. Until 2005, Levine wrote features and interviews for *The Stranger* under then-editor Emily White. Stacey Levine was a featured guest speaker at Copenhagen's Prosa Fest, at the 2008 &NOW Festival at Chapman University, Brown University, Syracuse University, The University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, San Francisco State University, The Art Institute of Chicago, and programs. She has read from her work at kgb bar, PS1, The Drawing Center, and Unnameable Books in New York; City Lights Bookstore, and other venues.
Levine's work has been translated from English into Danish and Japanese. She lives in Seattle, where she continues to write fiction, teach, and publish.
- The Girl With Brown Fur: Tales and Stories (Starcherone/Dzanc, 2011)
- Frances Johnson (novel) (Verse Chorus Press, 2010);(Clear Cut Press, 2005)
- Susan Moneymaker, Large and Small (one-act play) (Belladonna Books, 2006)
- Dra--- (novel) (Verse Chorus Press 2012/Sun & Moon Press, 1998)
- My Horse and Other Stories (Sun & Moon Press, 1994)
- "Featured Readers". &Now Festival. &Now. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
- Official website
- Interviewed by Tao Lin
- Kill Rock Stars: Stacey Levine and Peter Toliver
- Stacey Levine interviewed by Michael Silverblatt on KCRW's Bookworm
- Interview of author Ben Marcus
- Stacey Levine Audio Recording on Pistil Books Online
- Review of The Girl with Brown Fur in The Believer
- "Stacey Levine is the proud owner of a sheet cake"