Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Independent Journalist

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc is an American journalist, author, and MAcArthur Felllowship recipient. A prolific author of magazine and newspaper articles, many on the effects of poverty on adolescents, LeBlanc redefined immersion reporting in her first book, Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble and Coming of Age in the Bronx. 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 the human character. Her haunting study enables readers to inhabit the daily chaos and brutal violence of a community in an impoverished Bronx neighborhood, revealing its inner workings and creating an intimate chronicle of urban poverty. It is an original, surprising, and unsettling work of nonfiction that helps readers see and value the humanity in even the poorest lives and to find meaning, as do LeBlanc’s subjects, in the most ordinary moments.

Prior to devoting herself to the project that became Random Family, LeBlanc was the fiction editor of Seventeen magazine. She has been a member of the adjunct faculty of Columbia University’s School of Journalism and received the MacArthur Fellowship in 2006. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Esquire, and the Village Voice, among others.