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Len Kruger

Writer and Storyteller

Bad Questions: A Novel, published by the Washington Writers’ Publishing House and winner of the 2023 WWPH Fiction Prize.
2023 Foreword INDIES Finalist

One of WTOP’s “5 novels by DC-area authors in 2023 to put on your holiday reading list.”

Included in DCTRENDING’s Third Annual Holiday Booklist

Praise for Bad Questions
“Novels that are very funny and truly sad are rare, but Washington metro area writer Len Kruger’s Bad Questions is one.”— Washington City Paper

“Remember adolescence, when life was an alphabet soup of questions? Some goofy, some embarrassing, and some so painful and profound that adults no longer dare to ask them. In Bad Questions, Len Kruger evokes that time perfectly with a story that is funny and deeply moving. I’ll never forget it.”— Corey Flintoff, former foreign correspondent, National Public Radio

“. . . [Kruger] does a remarkable job recreating the time period and capturing the suburban glory of lower Montgomery County, Maryland.”— Washington Independent Review of Books

“. . . hilarious and heart-rending debut . . . a fast moving portrait of life in the 1970s, before Google could answer all life questions . . .”— 730 DC

“Tender and raw, intimate and universal, Len Kruger’s Bad Questions evokes a loss-haunted boyhood in a voice as warm-hearted as it is stark. I love this novel, and so will you: an unforgettable gift from a wonderful writer.”— Joyce Kornblatt, novelist, author of Mother Tongue and The Reason for Wings

“Insightful and poignant, Len Kruger’s writing glitters with keen observations of suburban Maryland in the early ‘70s. An adult’s story seen from a young boy’s point of view, Bad Questions rings with emotional truths that resonate vividly and viscerally today.”—Suzanne Feldman, 2022 WWPH Fiction Award for The Witch Bottle and Other Stories

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Len Kruger lives in Washington, D.C. His novel, Bad Questions, was the winner of the 2023 Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Award. His short fiction has appeared in Zoetrope-All StoryThe Barcelona ReviewThe Potomac ReviewGargoyleSplonk, and the anthology, This is What America Looks Like: Fiction and Poetry from DC, Maryland, and Virginia.  He is a graduate of the MFA Program at the University of Maryland.

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Short Story Publications

“Collectors” in WWPH Writes: A Biweekly Literary Journal

February 2022

“Dockless” in Potomac Review

Fall 2021

“We Have Coyotes” in District Fray Magazine

October 2021

“A Horse is a Horse” in Gallop: An Equine Literary Journal

April 2021

“I’m Not Sorry, America” in This Is What America Looks Like: Poetry & Fiction from DC, Maryland, Virginia, Washington Writers’ Publishing House Anthology

February 2021

“Miss Degreaser of 1981” in Gargoyle #73

January 2021

“The Virgin Killers” in Umbrella Factory

October 2020

“Marianas Trench” in Gargoyle #59

January 2013

“Such Simple Words” in Bound Off: A Monthly Literary Audio Magazine #72

January 2012

“Watermark” in Stress City: A Big Book of Fiction by 51 DC Guys

July 2008

“The Sky Darkens” in Bound Off: A Monthly Literary Audio Magazine #24

January 2008

 “Hotline” in The Barcelona Review

January 2000

“Attention, Passengers” in Zoetrope All-Story

Summer 1998, Vol. 2

“Solicitation” in XConnect

January 1997

“The Audacity of Suiters” in Splonk

September 2022

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Storytelling Performances

“Leap of Faith: stories about finding and losing faith”

Story Collider Podcast (starts at 3:00 mark), recorded October 2019 at the Bier Baron Tavern, Washington, DC   
Pourbaix Diagrams, Gravity’s Rainbow, and spiritual nourishment from a religious cult.

“Old School”

Better Said Than Done, performed October 2019 at The Auld Shebeen, Fairfax, VA
Explores my doomed quest for manhood in seventh grade shop class.

“Worst Job Ever”

Story District, performed March 2019 at the DC Improv Comedy Club, Washington, DC
A workplace culture of “you’re fired.”

“Throwing Shade”

Story District, performed September 2018 at the Black Cat, Washington, DC
Me versus 15 six-year old boys at a summer camp. It did not go well.

“I Did It for the Story: A Tribute to 20 Years of Storytelling”

Story District, performed October 2017 at the Lincoln Theatre, Washington DC
My attempt in the eighties to meet women by attending an antipornography workshop. What could go wrong?

“Worst Date Ever”

Story District, performed February 2017 at Town DanceBoutique, Washington DC
Before online dating, it took more of an effort to humiliate yourself with complete strangers.

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Upcoming Events

  • Author Talk on Bad Questions
    Author Talk on Bad Questions
    Thu, Apr 04
    Location is TBD
    Apr 04, 2024, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
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    Apr 04, 2024, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
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    Join me at the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave NW
  • Inner Loop Author’s Corner Spotlight Reading
    Inner Loop Author’s Corner Spotlight Reading
    Tue, Mar 19
    Location is TBD
    Mar 19, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Location is TBD
    Mar 19, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Location is TBD
    Come to Shaw’s Tavern for the monthly Inner Loop event, where I’ll be reading from Bad Questions along with other writers reading their fiction, poetry, and nonfiction! Shaw’s Tavern, 520 Florida Ave NW, Washington DC
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