Bio/contact

I am a cross-genre writer born in Vancouver and the author of three books.

Photo Credit: SFU, Kim Gilker

Photo Credit: SFU, Kim Gilker

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.

My third book, Vancouver for Beginners (poetry), is forthcoming from BookThug.

I received the 2015 Dayne Ogilvie Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada. 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).

As an editor I have worked as a fiction reader for PRISM International and Lemon Hound and for Plenitude‘s emerging fiction mentorship program. I edited the Queer issue of Poetry Is Dead magazine, which brought together different approaches to Queer poetics from across Canada. I presented on that project at Simon Fraser University’s Masters of Publishing program.

As a facilitator, I have run writing workshops since 2007including for the Vancouver School Board’s New Shoots program, the Vancouver International Writers Festival’s outreach program in inner-city schools, a volunteer writing workshop program in a medium security correctional facility, and the Surrey School Board’s poetry workshop programming in their alternative learning centres. For several years, I facilitated workshops for adults in supported living facilities, addiction treatment facilities, and homeless drop-in centres in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for Megaphones Community Writing Program. I have taught fiction at Langara University in Vancouver.

I’ve read at literary series and festivals across Canada and in classrooms and reading series at universities including Emily Carr, Simon Fraser, Capilano, and the University of British Columbia.

My heritage is Ashkenazi Jewish (eastern Ukraine) and English.

If you have a question or would like to invite me to read or give a workshop, please send me a note at al.leslie@gmail.com. I live in the Vancouver area.

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