Past Residents

Corinne Lestch

Corinne Lestch's fiction explores the fluctuating states of female adolescence, as well as how identities change over time into adulthood. Using humor and empathy, she investigates the nuances and complications of relationships, and the subtle shifts in dynamics between people. She is working on a collection of short stories as part of her thesis for Columbia University's Master of Fine Arts program. While at Columbia, she was awarded a Creative Writing Teaching Fellowship and served as a Communications Fellow. She has taught creative writing at Rikers Island and at Marian House, a transitional housing program in Baltimore for women recovering from addiction.


Corinne's fiction and nonfiction have been recognized by numerous publications and organizations. Her short story "EDP" was selected as a finalist for Narrative magazine's 30 Below Short Story & Poetry Contest, and she was named "Writer of the Month" by the Inner Loop Literary Series in Washington, D.C. Before enrolling in Columbia, she was an award-winning journalist for the New York Daily News, where she covered crime, education and City Hall. She was the recipient of a Front Page Award for Beat Reporting from the Newswomen's Club of New York for a series of articles on disciplinary shortcomings at a Harlem school.