Author Biography and Bibliography
Leslie What has been a professional maskmaker and puppeteer, tap dancer and Jell-O artist, competitive ice skater, psychiatric nurse, Campfire youth leader, humor columnist and medical writer, and manager of a low-income senior lunch site. She published her first story in Asimov's in 1992. Since then, she's added over a hundred publication credits to her resume, and won cash awards from the Oregon Writers Colony, Story magazine, Writer's Digest and other places. She won a Nebula Award for her short story "The Cost of Doing Business."
Her writing has been published in a variety of literary and commercial magazines, anthologies, and other media including Lilith, The MacGuffin, Amazing Stories, Realms of Fantasy, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction Quarterly, The Writer's Handbook, Bending the Landscape from the Overlook Press, Beyond Lament: Poets of the World Bearing Witness to the Holocaust from Northwestern University Press, and SCIFI.COM. Publisher's Weekly said about her collection, The Sweet and Sour Tongue, "
her ingenious whimsy takes her tales to a whole other level of sublime metaphors and surreality."
She currently works at home as an antique dealer and writing teacher; she will be a writer-in-residence at Clarion in 2002. Her children are old enough that she no longer has the food stains on her clothing. Current projects include writing a novel and gathering material for another short fiction collection. In 1995, she got a dog.
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