Author Biography and Bibliography


Author Biography

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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