THE MAKINGS OF AN AUTHOR

Council Chambers  |  3:30pm–4:30pm
Laura Albert in conversation with Seumas Raibéart Coutts

Many have called the saga of JT LeRoy “the great literary scandal of the 21st century.” The author of the internationally acclaimed novels Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, JT LeRoy–a reclusive, gender-fluid young man in his 20s–had created fiction out of his own turbulent past of abuse, exploitation, and homelessness. But in 2006 Laura Albert was revealed as the actual author of the JT LeRoy books, compelling people to rethink their understanding of authorship, identity, and self-expression. That conversation continues now, as Laura Albert discusses with Seumas Raibéart Coutts how JT LeRoy became the mode of expression for stories that were spawned by the personal struggles Albert suffered growing up.

LAURA ALBERT is the subject of Jeff Feuerzeig’s feature documentary Author: The JT LeRoy Story and Lynn Hershman Leeson’s film The Ballad of JT LeRoy. She has written for The New York Times, The Forward, The London Times, Spin, Man About Town, Vogue, Film Comment, Interview, L'Équipe Sport&Style, Filmmaker, I-D, and others. She is currently ContentMode’s Editorial Director as well as an editor for Diane Pernet’s A Shaded View On Fashion.  She has also written for dot429, the world’s largest LGBTA professional network, and been an invited speaker at their annual conferences in New York.

SEUMAS RAIBEART COUTTS Ph.D is a curator, artist, educator, theorist, and writer whose work moves between the poetic and the thought. Largely operating in the form of movement, an act or a proposition, he was born in California and raised primarily there. He has studied, worked and wandered in various countries across the globe and is now currently in situ.