Fiction writer and art critic Lynn Crawford is a 2010 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow and a founding board member of Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). Her work appears in many anthologies, including the Ouilpo Compendium (Atlas Press).

Her art criticism has appeared in:

  • Art in America

  • Metro Times

  • Tema Celeste

  • Modern Painters

  • The Brooklyn Rail and Parkett

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Simply Separate People, Two

Newest Novel

Available April 1, 2011

Publisher: Brooklyn Rail/Black Square Editions

“Simply Separate People, Two” is a sequel to her latest novel.

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Fortification Resort (a series of sestinas inspired by the oulipo)

Paperback: 81 pages

Publisher: Black Square Editions (January 1, 2005)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0974406562

ISBN-13: 978-0974406565

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If anyone asks, you can tell them that contemporary America’s outstanding literary realist is named Lynn Crawford, and that she goes around disguised as a formalist. Read these “prose sestinas” and learn more than you may be willing to know about who we are and the “fortification resort” we live in–or just be entertained, if you can, by her verbal bravura.

– Barry Schwabsky

Simply Separate People

Paperback: 172 pages

Publisher: Black Square Editions; First edition (March 12, 2002)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0971248508

ISBN-13: 978-0971248502

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The world Lynn Crawford creates in Simply Separate People is so bewitching and original she soon may find the Surgeon General classifying her work as dangerously addictive.

– Harry Mathews

Life and literature, Crawford suggests, is an experiment; both need invention–new responses and language. Crawford’s brave new novel is as fresh, weird, moving, and comic as it gets.

– Lynne Tillman

Blow (Lingo Books)

Publisher: Hard Press Editions (December 25, 1998)

Paperback: 88 pages

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1889097179

ISBN-13: 978-1889097176

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a fairy tale, a science fiction, and an allegory… BLOW is a book, a place, a state of mind

– John Yau

Solow (House of Outside Series; V. 1)

Publisher: Hard Press Editions (May 25, 1995)

Paperback: 74 pages

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0963843338

ISBN-13: 978-0963843333

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Haven’t wanted to read anything lately, certainly not anyof the 500 manuscripts and galleys I get a year. However, I found Solow fascinating. It reminds me of early John Hawkes which is still for me the best Hawkes. The whole dreamscape was especially vivid.

– Jim Harrison

Shankus & Kitto

Fiction. A stunningly attractive book, filled with adult characters who hold the world together with the huge effort of holding themselves together. Crawford draws her urban New World with the fancy of a poet and recreates its dreamy detail with the cruelty of an artist.  Author City: DETROIT, MI USA

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