Laura Albert aka JT LeRoy speaks with dot429



Laura Albert wrote fiction under the pseudonym JT LeRoy. As JT she is the author of the novels “Sarah” and “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things”, international best-sellers published by Bloomsbury, and the novella “Harold’s End,” published by Last Gasp with illustrations by Cherry Hood, which received critical acclaim.

JT was editor of “Da Capo Best Music Writing 2005”. JT’s writing has also appeared in such short-story anthologies as “The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003,” edited by Dave Eggers and read by Tatum O’Neal on audio edition; MTV’s “Lit Riffs; XXX,” edited by Timothy Greenfield-Saunders; Nadav Kander’s “Beauty’s Nothing”; and “The Fourth Sex, Adolescent Extremes,” edited by Francesco Bonami and Raf Simon. JT’s work has also been published in The New York Times, Francis Ford Coppolla’s Zoetrope, McSweeney’s, and the Oxford American Music issue. A contributing editor to Black Book, I-D, Lemon, SOMA, and 7×7 magazines, JT LeRoy has also written reviews, articles and interviews for The New York Times, The London Times, Spin, Film Comment, Filmmaker, Flaunt, Index, Interview, and Vogue, among others.

JT wrote the original script for Gus Van Sant’s film “Elephant,” which won the 2003 Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and was its Associate Producer. JT was also Associate Producer of Asia Argento’s film adaptation of “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was released by Palm Pictures in Spring 2006.

JT has written liner notes and biographies for musicians Billy Corgan, Liz Phair, Conor Oberst, Bryan Adams, Nancy Sinatra, and Courtney Love, and profiled award-winner Juergen Teller for the 2003 Citibank Photography Prize catalogue.  JT wrote the liner notes for the DVD of My Own Private Idaho and recorded an audio segment with Gus Van Sant and Jonathan Caouette. With the band Thistle LLC, JT contributed songs to Andy Warhol: Morning Star, a new French biographical film, for which JT was also the voice of Warhol, reading excerpts of his Philosophy and Diaries. JT also contributed to a podcast project for San Francisco’s MOMA on Warhol.

Laura Albert has written for the HBO series “Deadwood.” She collaborated with director and playwright Robert Wilson for the VOOM video portraits, and continued that collaboration with the catalog for his “Frontiers: Visions of the Frontier” at IVAM Valencia. She has been photographed by Steven Klein for QVEST magazine and by Kai Regan for his “Reckless Endangerment” at ALIFE, and has done fashion shoots for Christian Lacroix and John Galliano.

For several years Laura was the chief entertainment/travel writer/personality for, a San Francisco City Guide produced by Cox Interactive Media in conjunction with KTVU/Fox 2, KNBR and The Ticket 1050. Her other credits include being weekly show host for Rolling Stone, an Internet RealAudio show for Web Entertainment Group; travel writer for a New York-based publication, Singles Almanac (with a 40,000+ circulation of singles, many single parents, and dating couples); and lifestyle columnist for The Web Magazine and Maxim magazine. She is currently an editor for Lemon Magazine, TODO Monthly, Conde Nast Glass magazine, and the Outpost section of She has also taught at Dave Egger’s 826 Valencia, California College of the Arts and French American International
school San Francisco.

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