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Photographer: Su Evers

Lucy Jane Bledsoe's newest novel, Tell the Rest, which Kirkus Reviews (in a starred review) desribes as a "satisfyingly nuanced story [that] tackles sexuality and spiritual abuse, offering connection and redemption," is just out. Her debut young adult novel, No Stopping Us Now, is based on her own true story of love, sisterhood, and activism in 1974-5, when she fought to bring her hometown into compliance with the new Title IX law so she could play basketball. 


Bledsoe's Lava Falls, a novella and collection of stories at the intersection of wilderness, family, and survival, won the 2019 Devil's Kitchen Fiction Award. Her 2018 novel, The Evolution of Love, was a finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Award for Fiction and the Lambda Literary Award. She's the author of an earlier collection of short stories, a collection of narrative nonfiction, and five other novels, including A Thin Bright Line and The Big Bang Symphony.


She has received a Yaddo fellowship, a California Arts Council fellowship, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships, and her writing has won the Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Award, an Arts & Letters Prize for Fiction, a Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award, two Pushcart Prize nominations, and an American Library Association Stonewall Book Award. Her stories have been translated into Japanese, Spanish, German, Dutch, and Chinese. 

Bledsoe loves teaching workshops, cooking, traveling anywhere, basketball, doing anything outside, and telling stories. She's traveled to Antarctica three times—twice as the recipient of National Science Foundation fellowships and once as a guest on the Russian research ship, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov. She is one of a tiny handful of people who have stayed at all three American stations in Antarctica, and she has also stayed in a number of field camps, both on the coast and in the Transantarctic Mountains, where scientists are studying penguins, climate change, and the Big Bang. As a social justice activist, Lucy is currently working on voting rights.

Lucy's work is represented by:

Reiko Davis
DeFiore and Company
47 East 19th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003


Tell the Rest, Akashic Books, 2023

Lava Falls, a novella and stories, University of Wisconsin Press, 2018
The Evolution of Love, Rare Bird Books, 2018
A Thin Bright Line, University of Wisconsin Press, 2016
The Big Bang Symphony: A novel of Antarctica, Terrace Books, 2010
Biting the Apple, Da Capo, 2007
This Wild Silence, Alyson, 2003
Working Parts, Seal Press, 1997
Sweat: Stories and a Novella, Seal Press, 1995

The Ice Cave: A Woman’s Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic, Terrace Books, 2006


No Stopping Us Now, Three Rooms Press, 2022

Running Wild, Margaret Ferguson Books,  2019
How to Survive in Antarctica, Holiday House, 2006
The Antarctic Scoop, Holiday House, 2003
Cougar Canyon, Holiday House, 2001
Hoop Girlz, Holiday House, 2002
Tracks in the Snow, Avon Books, 1997
The Big Bike Race, Avon Books, 1995