Author Reading

Erica Plouffe Lazure

Saturday, 13 July 2024
at 19:00

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Erica Plouffe Lazure’s short story collection,
Proof of Me, was awarded the 2022 New American Press fiction prize. She is the author of two flash fiction chapbooks: Sugar Mountain (Ad Hoc Press, 2020) and Heard Around Town (Arcadia, 2015) and her fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, the Greensboro Review, American Short Fiction, Carve Magazine, and elsewhere.

"Written with deep emotional intelligence, these are indelible portraits of people seeking grace in all the wrong places...Lazure's sensitive portrayal of this specific American locale deserves the attention of readers from all over the map." - Jean Chen Ho, New York Times

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A former newspaper reporter, Lazure is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, East Carolina University, and UMass-Amherst. When she isn’t writing flash fiction or teaching English, Erica enjoys cooking, drawing, playing music, and plotting out her next adventure. She teaches English at Phillips Exeter Academy, in Exeter, NH and can be found online at

“Erica Plouffe Lazure is a master of the ways that allow great writers of fiction to transport us beyond the boundaries of our own lives and into the hearts and souls of others: She inhabits her characters profoundly and she sings from there in richly real voices.
Proof of Me is proof of Lazure’s literary genius. She is one of my favorite contemporary writers.”

Proof of Me is such a beautifully textured book. Every sentence of Lazure’s prose is stamped with authority and confidence, allowing the people, place, situations, and descriptions a rich and satisfying dimensionality.”

“If you can imagine Flannery O’Connor watching Wheel of Fortune or hearing a bad version of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at karaoke night, that might give you some idea of Erica Plouffe Lazure’s
Proof of Me. In these darkly comic linked stories, Lazure shows a meticulous eye for detail, a keen ear for American voices, and an astringent sympathy for men who mow their lawns “bare-chested, pot-belly proud” and women who know “there’s always problems with the mens, long as there been mens.”

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Drawing from a range of youthful voices and adventures,
Sugar Mountain explores how children learn to deal with hard truths about themselves, and others, and the great wild world. From roller-skating away the grief of a parent, to soapy pranks by a band of camp bullies, to confronting an angry mass of waterfowl in the throes of a pillow fight, each chapter offers a tiny ticket back to a time when the world only seemed less complicated.

“A stunning sequence of stories about childhood shot through with irresistible yearning, beauty and humour. It's written in a freewheeling prose that unfurls with detail after gorgeous detail piling up in the sentences. Quirky behaviour, teenage mischief, letdowns, unfulfilled dreams, romance - this novella really gets to the heart of what childhood feels like.”
— MICHAEL LOVEDAY, author of
Three Men on the Edge

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