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Welcome to Whatworld

Leslie What is an Oregon writer, writing teacher, and editor. She received a Nebula Award for short story and is the author of the story collection, "Crazy Love" (Wordcraft of Oregon), a finalist for the 2009 Ken Kesey Award for Fiction. Her writing has been published in numerous anthologies and in journals. Crazy Love received Publishers Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, and was listed by Booklist as one of the Top Ten SF Books of 2008. The story collection also won a gold medal in the Next Generation Indie Awards.


Leslie is the fiction editor of the journal Phantom Drift: New Fabulism and nonfiction co-editor with R.A. Rycraft of "Winter Tales: Women on the Art of Aging" from Serving House Books. She has worked as a charge nurse in a nursing home, a caregiver and hospice volunteer, writing instructor, professional tap dancer, and health food warehouse worker. Her sculptures, artisan dolls, and masks have been exhibited in galleries in Oregon, New Orleans, and New York, and she was admitted to the Maskmaker's Guild of New Orleans in the 1980s.


When she started this website, Leslie had been married over 33 years (the atomic number of arsenic) and is a proud mother of two (atomic element: helium). She is indebted to her writing mentors Damon Knight and Kate Wilhelm, BDE.