Lea Carpenter is an American writer and editor, whose debut novel Eleven Days, was acclaimed by Toni Morrison for its “elegant prose” while Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times hailed the arrival of “an extraordinarily gifted writer”.
Carpenter was a founding editor of Francis Ford Coppola‘s literary magazine, Zoetrope., and worked on John F. Kennedy, Jr.‘s George (magazine). From 2004 to 2005, Carpenter was the deputy publisher of The Paris Review, working under the magazine’s publisher, Drue Heinz. Carpenter was also the managing editor of Lipper/Atlas publishers, and was the founding editor for the Penguin Lives series.
Since 2013 Carpenter has been employed at the New York Public Library. She founded the Young Lions, which is a group for young adults in New York who want to contribute to the library. Since 1999, the group has raised $5 million for the library. Carpenter is also on the board of directors for the Art Production Fund. The non-profit organization is dedicated to “commissioning and producing ambitious public art projects, reaching new audiences and expanding awareness through contemporary art.”