Leslie Kaplan was born in Brooklyn, but raised and educated in France. Beginning in January 1968, Kaplan worked for two years in a series of factories, and participated in the events of May 1968. L’excès-l’usine (Excess-The Factory) was published in 1982 with Hachette. She has published twenty works, eighteen with POL and two with publie.net. Her website contains a number of essays and brief translations in English.