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Leslie What

Author's Bio

Leslie What is an Oregon writer, writing teacher, and editor. She received a Nebula Award for short story and her collection, "Crazy Love" (Wordcraft of Oregon), was a finalist for the 2009 Ken Kesey Award for Fiction. Her writing has been published in numerous anthologies and in journals. "Crazy Love" received "Publishers Weekly" and "Booklist" starred reviews, and was listed by Booklist as one of the Top Ten SF Books of 2008. The story collection also won a gold medal in the Next Generation Indie Awards. Leslie is the fiction editor of the journal "Phantom Drift: New Fabulism" and nonfiction co-editor with R.A. Rycraft of "Winter Tales: Women on the Art of Aging" from Serving House Books. She has worked as a charge nurse in a nursing home, a caregiver and hospice volunteer, writing instructor, professional tap dancer, and health food warehouse worker. Her sculptures, artisan dolls, and masks have been exhibited in galleries in Oregon, New Orleans, and New York, and she was admitted to the Maskmaker's Guild of New Orleans in the 1980s.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Crazy Love (Wordcraft of Oregon, 2008), Olympic Games (Tachyon Publishing, 2004), Sweet & Sour Tongue (Wildside Press, 2001)
Anthologies:
Interfictions (Small Beer Press, 2007), Mammoth Book of Tales from the Road (Carroll & Graf, 2003), Witpunk (Four Walls Eight Windows Press, 2003), 2001 Nebula Awards Showcase (Harcourt, 2001), Bending the Landscape (Overlook Press, 2001), Beyond Lament: Poets Bearing Witness (Northwestern University Press, 1998)
Journals:
Calyx, Clackamas Literary Review, Fugue, MacGuffin, Parabola, Perigee
Prizes:
Nebula Award for Short Fiction, Finalist Oregon Book Award, Oregon Writer's Colony Nonfiction Award, Gold Medal Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Pushcart Nominee

Leslie What Resume

Personal Favorites

Favorite Authors:
Kelly Link, Ray Vukcevich, Judy Budnitz, Ron Carlson, George Saunders, Aimee Bender

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Listing last updated: November 30, 2016

More Information

Listed as:
Fiction Writer
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Jewish
Prefers to work with:
Seniors
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Los Angeles, CA

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