Leslie Pietrzyk

Fiction Writer

Author's Bio

Leslie Pietrzyk is the author of the novel Silver Girl, which Publishers’ Weekly called “profound, mesmerizing, and disturbing,” and the novels Pears on a Willow Tree and A Year and a Day. Her collection of unconventionally linked short stories, This Angel on My Chest, won the 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. She received a 2020 Pushcart Prize, and her fiction/essays are in many journals, including Ploughshares, Southern Review, Washington Post Magazine, Salon, Gettysburg Review, Hudson Review, The Sun, Arts & Letters, River Styx, and Cincinnati Review. She is a member of the core fiction faculty of the Converse low-residency MFA program in SC.

Literary agent: 
Kerry D'Agostino, Curtis Brown

Publications & Prizes

Silver Girl (Unnamed Press, 2018)
This Angel on My Chest (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015)
A Year and a Day (William Morrow, 2004)
Pears on a Willow Tree (Avon, 1998)
Prizes won: 

~ Pushcart Prize, 2020

~ Drue Heinz Literature Prize, 2015

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Raised in: 
Iowa City, IA
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Last update: Jun 26, 2019