Writer, New York University School of Journalism, New York
Holtzbrinck Fellow - Class of Spring 2009
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc is a nonfiction writer following the tradition of literary journalism. A prolific author of magazine and newspaper articles, LeBlanc refined immersion reporting in her first book, Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble and Coming of Age in the Bronx (Scribner, 2003). The result of a decade spent closely involved in the lives of her subjects, this ten-year-odyssey stretches the very fabric of long-form nonfiction and demonstrates LeBlanc’s mastery as an observer of human character. Random Family, a New York Times bestseller, won many awards including the Anisfield-Wold Book and the Ron Ridenhour Prize, and was chosen by over twenty publications as one of the top ten books of that year. A finalist for the National Critics Book Circle Award for Nonfiction and the Lettres Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage, it was translated into German by Deuticke Verlag in 2009. LeBlanc is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine and a 2006 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Award. She was most recently a 2007 fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library and has been a visiting Scholar at the New York University School of Journalism.