Leah Zani

Creative Nonfiction Writer

Albany, CA
California US

Author's Bio

Leah Zani, PhD, researches and writes on the social impact of war. She is the author of Bomb Children: Life in the Former Battlefields of Laos (Duke 2019), a hybrid work of poetry and ethnography; and Strike Patterns: Lives After a Secret War, an ethnographic novel forthcoming from Redwood Press. Two of the poems featured in Bomb Children have won poetry prizes from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology. Her articles and poems have appeared or will soon appear in Kenyon Review Online, Consequence Magazine, American AnthropologistCultural AnthropologyEnvironmental HumanitiesSomatospherePlatypus, Los Angeles Review of Books and Tikkun Magazine, among others. She is the poetry editor at Anthropology and Humanism, and serves on the Executive Board of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology. She currently holds the Human Rights Seat on the Advocacy Committee (MPAAC) of the American Anthropological Association.

Literary agent: 
Tisse Takagi of The Science Factory

Publications & Prizes

Bomb Children: Life in the Former Battlefields of Laos (Duke University Press, 2019)
Prizes won: 


2018--Human Rights Writer-in-Residence at The Mesa Refuge, Point Reyes Station, CA

2017--Most Promising Future Faculty Member of the Year, Center for Engaged Instruction

2012-2017--National Science Foundation Graduate Research Program Fellow

2011-2016--Social Sciences Merit Fellow, UC Irvine

2015--Poetry Prize, Society for Humanistic Anthropology

2012-2015--Center for Asian Studies Fellow, UC Irvine

2012-2013--Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies Fellow, UC Irvine

2012--Human Rights Center Fellow, UC Berkeley

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Born in: 
Albany, CA
Raised in: 
Albany, CA
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Last update: Sep 23, 2019