Catherine Lacey

Catherine Lacey is the author of five books: Nobody Is Ever Missing, The Answers, Certain American States, Pew, and Biography of X (Spring 2023). Her books have been translated into ten languages. She earned an MFA in Nonfiction from Columbia in 2010.

Her honors include the 2021 NYPL's Young Lions Fiction Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, inclusion on Granta's list of Best Young American Novelists, residencies at the Omi International Arts Center, and a fellowship from NYFA.


Writing alumna Catherine Lacey '10 recently won the 2021 NYPL Young Lions Award for her novel, Pew. This prestigious award is given annually to an American writer aged 35 or younger for an outstanding novel or collection of short stories, and the award carries a monetary prize of $10,000. This year's judges were authors Hernan Diaz and Emma Straub, and critic Yahdon Israel. 

Catherine Lacey ‘10 has won a 2016 Whiting Award for Fiction. Lacey, author of the acclaimed novel Nobody Is Ever Missing (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014), has two books forthcoming from FSG: a second novel and a short story collection.