Ava Lehrer graduated from Bard College in 2009 with a B.A. in comparative literature and completed a Master’s in Education in 2012. She’s currently completing an M.A. in French Studies at NYU’s Institute of French Studies. She co-edits Stonecutter: A Journal of Art and Literature and is an artistic administrator at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y.
I live in a lower-class neighborhood of Paris, at the end of a small, dark street, one of the last refuges for some dealers. Once there, you have to come inside the building through a pretty large entryway, walk across the courtyard, then take the correct staircase, follow a corridor, make a right, and its at that door that hundreds of men have come knocking.