Discipline: Literature – fiction

Alan Kapelner

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 1965

Alan Kapelner (1913-1990) was born in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn's Flatbush neighborhood, later taking courses at the New School. When approached with an offer to play professional baseball, he refused saying, "I knew I was going to be a writer." He published two novels in his career, Lonely Boy Blues in 1944 and All the Naked Heroes in 1960. The former earned acclaim for its evocation of New York City. Kapelner completed two other novels that were never published. His only other known published works are the short stories “Jelly, Jelly, Jelly” in the 1955 anthology New Voices 2: American Writing Today and “The Walking Running People” in the 1971 Survival Prose: An Anthology of New Writings.


Monday Music

Alan Kapelner worked in the Monday Music studio.

Given to the residency by the Monday Music Club of Orange, New Jersey, Monday Music Studio is sited next to an enormous boulder deposited by glaciers thousands of years ago. A small dormer once pierced the east slope of the roof, but after damage suffered in the 1938 hurricane, the roof was rebuilt without the dormer. The…

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