My third book,  We All Need To Eat (short stories), is forthcoming from BookThug in Fall 2018. You can now pre-order it here.

Praise for We All Need To Eat:

We All Need to Eat is a stunning inquiry into the sharpness of the world as it collides with the fragility – the ambiguities and possibilities – of the self. Alex Leslie a tremendously gifted and compassionate writer. This bold and searing collection is a wonder.”

—Madeleine Thien, Scotiabank Giller Prize winning author of Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Dogs at the Perimeter, Certainty, and Simple Recipes

“Alex Leslie has written a refreshing set of interlocking narratives about family and heartache. A far cry from the self-discovery credos of the millennial age, her protagonist Soma ruminates and broods. And with Soma’s painfully careful and wonderfully-crafted considerations, the reader might also weight the many small, trying moments that connect us to chosen and blood family.”

—Amber Dawn, author of Sodom Road Exit, How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir, Where the Words End and My Body Begins and Sub Rosa

“In a sense, Soma [the main character] is herself an oscillation, moving between the poetic and the fictional, constantly evolving, constantly making words swerve in countless directions, and captivating readers one sentence at a time. A magnetic collection that must be read over and over.”

Kirkus Reviews

Photo Credit: SFU, Kim Gilker

Photo Credit: SFU, Kim Gilker



I am a writer born in Vancouver.

My collection of prose poems, The things I heard about you, was published by Nightwood Editions (blewointment series) in Fall 2014. The manuscript for the book was shortlisted for the 2014 Robert Kroetsch Award for innovative poetry. You can buy a copy through the publisher here.

My collection of short stories entitled People Who Disappear was published by Freehand Books in April 2012 and was nominated for a 2013 Lambda Award for debut fiction and a 2013 ReLit Award, which honours books published by independent Canadian presses. My chapbook of microfictions Twenty Objects For The New World  was published by Vancouver’s Nomados Literary Publishers in 2011.

We All Need To Eat March 16 300 screen FINAL

I received the 2015 Dayne Ogilvie Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada. In fall 2017, my work was included in Granta‘s first issue dedicated to Canadian writing, edited by Madeleine Thien and Catherine Leroux. My work is included in the anthologies Journey Prize Stories 2016 (Random House/Mclelland & Stewart) as a finalist for the Journey Prize for short fiction,  Best Canadian Poetry In English 2014 (Tightrope Books, Ed. Sonnet, L’Abbee), Best Canadian Stories 2009 (Oberon, 2009), 09: Coming Attractions (Oberon, 2009), The Enpipe Line (Creekstone, 2012), and Friend. Follow. Text. #stories from living online (Enfield & Wizenty, Ed. Shawn Syms, 2014).

My fourth book, a collection of poetry, Vancouver for Beginners, will be published by BookThug in 2019.

I can be reached at


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