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Short short story: "Aging in Place" at KYSO Flash.

Check out "Old Baby" by Leslie What on YouTube with music by Snake Peters


~ Leslie is interviewed by Unstuck Books
~ Leslie is interviewed by Trent Walters
~ Crazy Love with an introduction by Kate Wilhelm reviewed by L. Timmel DuChamp in American Book Review
~ Crazy Love reviewed in New Pages by Cynthia Reeser
~ Crazy Love reviewed in the July 2009 Perigee by R.A. Rycraft)
~ Crazy Love made Edward Champion's list of Top Ten Books of 2008 and reviewed in The Washington Post
~ Booklist includes Crazy Love in its Top 10
~ Rick Kleffel groks Crazy Love in The Agony Column
~ Olympic Games reviewed by Elizabeth Hand at Fantasy&Science Fiction


~ "Aging in Place" at KYSO Flash, October 2014
~ "Sob Story" at Unstuck #3, March 2014
~"Three Sisters Have We in Our House" at Serving House Journal, Spring 2013
~ "Big Feet" Unstuck #1, October 2011
~ "Crash" Los Angeles Review, Spring 2011
~ "Milkweed" Serving House Journal, October 2010
~ "Dog Eat Dog" Serving House Journal, April 2010
~ "Dog Eat Dog" Contemporary World Literature
~ "Counter" Flurb # 13
~ "My Big Night Out With Thing" Flurb #11, Spring-Summer 2011
~"Living Waters" (essay) Utne Reader, Jan.-Feb. 2010 digest
~ "The Elephant Man's Love Child" Daily Science Fiction
~ "That Time of Year" (essay) Oregun 55, letterpress edition edited by Dean Rea
~ "I Was a Toga-Clad Goddess in the Temple of Love" (essay) Perceptions Literary Magazine
~ "Living Waters" (essay) Calyx, summer 2009
~ "Grief Stamping" (essay) Perigee, July 2008
~ "Why I Wash the Dead" (essay) New Vilna Review, April 2008
~ "Money is No Object" Asimov's, October/November 2008
~ "My Funny Holocaust" Midstream, March/April 2008, an essay on humor in Holocaust narrative and why it's sometimes just not funny (but why it sometimes is).
~ "Number 1" Electric Velocipede, May 2008
~ "Performance Anxiety" Perigee, July 2007
~ "Frankenfetish" Flytrap, May 2007
~ "The Morning Call of Birds" Clackamas Literary Review, May, 2006
~ "2:30" Strange Horizons
~ "Aliens Captured Me, Implanted Alien Cookies in My Brain, used Anal Probes, Left me Naked in a Cornfield, and All I Got was This Tee-Shirt" (Poetry) Asimov's, March, 2006
~ "Death Penalty" SciFiction, December, 2003
~ "Dead Men On Vacation" Asimov's , February, 2005
~ "Blind Date with the Invisible Man" Infinity Plus
~ "The Changeling" Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet #13
~ "Love Me" The Infinite Matrix, June, 2004
~ "Babies" The Third Alternative, issue #34, 2003
~ "Of Two Minds" Infinite Matrix, September, 2002
~ "Nothing Without a Name" Talebones, Spring, 2000
~ "Picture a World Where All Men Are Named Harry" Quantum Speculative Fiction, issue 2, 1998
~ "The Morning After" Asimov's, (poetry) Oct/Nov, 2000
~ "Paper Mates" Asimov's, June, 2001
~ "King for a Day" Asimov's, September, 1992
~ "How to Mummify Your Used Sanitary Pads" Hysteria, Summer, 1993
~ "Thanksgiving" SciFiction
~ "The Goddess is Alive, And, Well, Living in New York City" Asimov's, May, 1996
~ "Say Woof" Asimov's , July, 1998
~ "The Cost of Doing Business" Amazing Stories, Winter, 1999
~ "Why We Wash the Dead" (essay) Parabola, May, 2002
~ "Let Me Count the Ways" Vestal Review #9
~ "That Jellyfish Man Keeps A-Rollin" The Third Alternative #29, 2002
~ "I Remember Marta" Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet #9
~ "Storytime" The MacGuffin, Spring, 2001
~ "Things Don't Always Turn Out Like You Plan" Realms of Fantasy, November, 2000
~ "Finger Talk" Fugue #9, 1994
~ "The Word You Never Say" Fiction Quarterly, March, 1998
~ "What God Takes" Lilith, Fall, 1995
~ "On Hearing Kazuhito Yamashita play Dvorak's New World Symphony" (Poetry) Japanophile, 1993
~ "Clinging to a Thread" Fantasy and Science Fiction, April, 1994
~ "Perils of Cleavage" Hysteria, Spring, 1994
~ "Magic Carpets" Realms of Fantasy, September/October, 1995
~ "Things The Mirror Sees" Talebones #2, January, 1996
~ "Uncle Gorby and the Baggage Ghost" Fantasy and Science Fiction, March, 1996
~ "Mothers' Day" Realms of Fantasy, February, 1997
~ "In His Pants" Talebones #6, January, 1997
~ "A Dark Fire, Burning From Within" Realms of Fantasy, June, 1997
~ "Smelling of Earth, Dreaming of Sky" Asimov's, September, 1997
~ "Haiku For Friendly Skies" Caffeine Destiny (poetry) June, 1998
~ "Going Vampire" Realms of Fantasy, December, 1998


~ "The Cost of Doing Business" Architects of Wonder: 50 Years of Nebula Award-Winning Short Fiction, edited by Robin Bailey, SFWA Publications, forthcoming
~ "Three Sisters Have We In Our House" Winter Tales II: Women on the Art of Aging, edited by R.A. Rycraft and Leslie What
~ "Magic Carpets" in Witches: Wicked, Wild & Wonderful edited by Paula Guran
~ "The Emperor's New (and Improved) Clothes" Happily Ever After, edited by John Klima, Night Shade Books
~ "Rare Earth" ( with) Felicity Shoulders Is Anybody Out There? edited by Nick Gevers and Marty Halpern, Daw Books 2010
~ "Writing Exercises," The Writer's Guide to Fiction, Kalmbach Publishing, Fall 2007
~ "Tsuris" Logorrhea, edited by John Klima, Bantam Books, May 2007
~ "Post hoc" Interfictions: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing, edited by Delia Sherman and Theodora Goss, Small Beer Press, May 2007
~ "Letter to the Editor of the Tamarack Tidings" Talking Back, edited by L. Timmel DuChamp, Aqueduct Press, 2006
~ "Nirvana High" by Eileen Gunn and Leslie What, The James Tiptree Award Anthology 2, 2005
~ "The Mutable Borders of Love" Best New Horror # 16, edited by Stephen Jones, 2005
~ "Nature Mort" Polyphony 5, Wheatland Press, 2005
~ "Why a Duck?" Zeppelin Adventure Stories, Wheatland Press, 2004
~ "How I Got Away" The Mammoth Book of Tales from the Road, Carroll & Graf, 2003
~ "Threesome" Imagination Fully Dilated, Fairwood Press and, 2003
~ "Is That Hard Science, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?" Witpunk: Stories with Attitude, Four Walls Eight Windows, 2003
~ "Blind Date With the Invisible Man" Polyphony 1, Wheatland Press, 2003
~ "All My Children" Women Writing SF as Men, DAW, 2003
~ "Grease and Sex at The King Of Chicken" Journal of Pulse Pounding Narratives #1, 2003
~ "Finger Talk" Mota: Truth, Edited by John Reed, Tripletree Publications, 2003
~ "My Hermit" Mota: Courage, Edited by Karen Joy Fowler, Tripletree Publications, 2004
~ "The Cost of Doing Business" Nebula Awards Showcase, Harcourt Brace, 2001
~ "Going Vampire" Hours of Darkness, Scorpius Digital Publishing, 2001
~ "Those Taunted Lips" Historical Hauntings, DAW, 2001
~ "The Sacred Society" EXTREMES, Lone Wolf Publications, 2000
~ "The WereSlut of Avenue A" Bending The Landscape 3, Overlook Press, May, 2001
~ "Portraits of the Shadows in The Flames" Beyond Lament- Poets of the World Bearing Witness to the Holocaust, Northwestern University Press, 1998
~ "Acts of Sacrifice" Health and Healing in the Jewish Tradition-Writings from the Bible to Today, Jewish Publication Society, 1999
~ "Cheese Bake Redux" Serve It Forth, Warner Aspect, 1996
~ "Perils of Cleavage" Body Talk, Hysteria Publications, 1997
~ "Those Who Know" The Fortune Teller, DAW, 1997
~ "Beside The Well" Bending The Landscape 1, Overlook Press, 2004
~ "How To Feed Your Inner Troll" Isaac Asimov's Christmas, Ace Books, 1997
~ "Love, Art, Hell, & The Prom" Prom Night, DAW, 1999
~ "Chain Reaction" The Unmade Bed: 20th Century Erotica, Masquerade, 1998
~ "Santa's Night Out" One Evening A Year, compiled by Stephen Stanley and Daniel Conan Young, WordShop Publishing, 2000
~ "Chain of Command" by Leslie What and Nina Kiriki Hoffman, The Chick's In The Mail, Baen Books, October, 2000
~ "The Happy Homewrecker" 100 Crafty Little Cat Crimes, Barnes and Noble Books, 2000
~ "King For A Day" Bedtime Stories to Darken Your Dreams, IFD Publishing, 1999
~ "Designated Hater" Bedtime Stories to Darken Your Dreams IFD Publishing, 1999
~ "Beware The Truancy Officer" 365 Scary Stories, Barnes and Noble Books, 1998
~ "Silk Words" Pacifica 96, Winner Lane Literary Guild Fiction Award
~ "How to Mummify Your Used Sanitary Pads" Hysteria, 1994, reprinted in Body Talk, Hysteria Publications, 1997
~ "Letter To The Editor" Buried Treasures, WordShop Publishing, 1996
~ "Those Who Know" The Fortune Teller, edited by Lawrence Schimel and Martin H. Greenberg, DAW Books, 1997
~ "The Emperor's New (and Improved) Clothes" Twice Upon a Time, edited by Denise Little, DAW Books, 1999


~ Winter Tales II: Women on the Art of Aging, Serving House Books, May 2012
~ Crazy Love, Wordcraft of Oregon, July 2008
~ Olympic Games, Tachyon Publications, 2004
~ The Sweet and Sour Tongue, Wildside, 2002


~ "Aging in Place" nominated for Pushcart Prize
~ "Crazy Love" finalist for Oregon Book Award, Ken Kesey Award for fiction, judged by Robert Olmstead
~ "Crazy Love" winner in the Short Story category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards
~ "Living Waters" finalist Oregon Quarterly Northwest Perspectives Contest, judged by Craig Lesley
~ "Finger Talk" nominated for a Pushcart Prize
~ "Storytime" finalist Story magazine, Naked Fiction Contest, 1996
~ "Brave Fireman" play winner Second Annual Pregnant Chad New Plays Festival, NY
~ "Brave Fireman" finalist from Writer's Digest Short Short Story Contest, 2000
~ "The Cost of Doing Business" Nebula Award for short fiction, 1999
~ "Why I Wash the Dead" Oregon Writers Colony award for nonfiction, 2000
~ "Silk Words" Lane Literary Guild Fiction award judged by Floyd Skloot, 1996
~ Bending the Landscape anthology awarded Lambda and World Fantasy Award, 1997
~ "Death Penalty" Fountain Award honorable mention, 2003
~ "Nirvana High" (co-authored with Eileen Gunn) nominated for a Nebula Award, 2006
~ "Nirvana High" (co-authored with Eileen Gunn) shortlisted for Tiptree Award, 2006
~ Slogan chosen for PDX promotion, 2005
~ Stories have received numerous Honorable Mentions in The Year's Best Science Fiction and The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror


~ Radio Commentaries on 89.7 KLCC public radio, 89.7 on "The Northwest Passage"
~ Comedy writer and performer for "Radio Slice" broadcast on KLCC
~ "The Ralph Schifberg Story," script by Leslie What, broadcast on PBS Independent Eye
~ Contributing writer to Eugene Weekly
~ Freelance writer and documentary scriptwriter for book length publications on aging
~ Work-for-hire web site writer for an Internet game promoting a major feature film
~ Ghost edited book of poetry by at-risk youth
~ "Say What" a humor column, "Vital Signs" medical column published in Eugene Weekly
~ Feature articles and essays published in Biblio, Jewish Review, INtown Magazine
~ "Brave Fireman" Play staged by Stormy Weather Players in Cornwall, NY


~ "New Scientific Evidence Suggests: Writer's Block Is All In Your Head!" SFWA Bulletin</>, Fall, 2003
~ "Copycats" The SFWA Bulletin, Winter, 2006
~ "Is This the End?" The Writer March, 2006
~ "Sensei Wonder" Nebula Awards 2004, Penguin Putnam, May, 2004
~ "Transforming Life into Fiction" The Writer, November, 2004
~ "Writing for Theme Anthologies" The Writer, July, 2002
~ "Literary Foreplay" Speculations, April, 1998
~ "The Business of Wonder: Selling Speculative Fiction," The Writer's Handbook</> 1999-2001
~ "Revising Your Story," Speculations, 1998


~ "My Funny Holocaust: Humor in Holocaust Narrative," MFA analytical essay, 2005
~ "Literary Translation: The Art of Remaining Invisible," Eugene Weekly
~ "Reduced Shakespeare Company," Eugene Weekly
~ "Stories From a Broken Heart: A Traveling Jewish Theatre" Eugene Weekly
~ "Boot Camp for Comedians: The Second City" Eugene Weekly
~ "Two Classics of Satirical Speculation: Carmen Dog and The Start and The End of it All, Strange Horizons , reprinted in Phantom Drift 3
~ "Drawn and Quartered - 'Winter Quarters' by Howard Waldrop" NYRSF, June, 2001 January 6, 1994
~ "The Genre That Dares Not Say Its Name" Phantom Drift II, Valuable Estrangements


~ Instructor Oregon Writing Festival 2013
~ WILCS Writer-in-Schools, winter 2010
~ "It Wasn't Funny at the Time: A Class on Finding Humor When and Where You Least Expect It" SOCC, February 14, 2009
~ "Writing Flash Fiction," UCLA Extension Writers' Program, Winter, 2009, Spring 2010, Winter 2011
~ "Introduction to Fiction Writing," UCLA Extension Writers' Program, Summer, 2007, Winter, 2008
~ "Writing the Slipstream Story," UCLA Extension Writers' Program, Winter 2007 and Summer 2011
~ "What's so Bad About Feeling Good?" Writers on the Edge, Newport, Oregon September, 2006
~ Expository Writing: "Maladies and Marvels," Pacific University, Spring Term, 2006
~ Writer-in-Residence, MSU, Clarion 2005, July 11- 22, 2005
~ Presenter, Reading in the Rain, Eugene, with Cai Emmons and Ursula K. Le Guin, 2004
~ "The Physics of Comedy," Oregon Writers Colony, 2004
~ Workshop Leader, Alpha Teen Writers, Pittsburg, July, 2004
~ Freelance Writing Instructor, LCC Adult Education, September, 2002-2004
~ Presenter, Willamette Writers Conference, 2003- 2004
~ Panelist & Presenter, Baltimore Writers Conference, November, 2002
~ Workshop Leader, Oregon Writers Colony Fall Workshop, 1999
~ Presenter, South Coast Writer's Conference, 2001, 2003
~ Presenter, Willamette Writers "Turning Life into Narrative" January, 2002
~ Presenter, Write on the Sound Conference, Everett Washington, Fall, 2001
~ Workshop Leader, Tacoma Writers Conference, May, 2002
~ Writer-in-Residence, MSU, Clarion, June, 2002
~ Writing Teacher for Young Writers Association, 1999-2001
~ Panelist Lane Regional Arts Conference, "Arts and Communities," 2001
~ Panelist & Presenter, PNWA conference, 1999-2001


~ Writers at the Edge, Newport Oregon
~ First Wednesday at Blackbird Wine&Atomic Cheese, Portland Oregon
~ Multnomah Public Library, Portland, Oregon
~ Wordstock, Portland, Oregon
~ Annie Blooms, Portland, Oregon
~ Pacific University with Joe Millar
~ University of Washington Bookstore, Seattle
~ Barnes and Noble, Eugene
~ Barnes and Noble, East Lansing
~ The Curious Book Shop, East Lansing
~ Oregon Union Hotel in Union, Oregon with Molly Gloss, Kelly Link, Bette Husted
~ Windfall Reading Series, Eugene
~ Avid Reader, Davis, California
~ Borderlands Books, San Francisco
~ Barnes and Noble, Pittsburgh
~ Powell's Books, Beaverton
~ Shelton McMurphy House, Eugene


~ Fiction Editor Phantom Drift: New Fabulism Issues 1 and 2, 2011, 2012
~ Nonfiction Co-Editor Winter Tales II: Women and the Art of Aging, Serving House Books 2012
~ Fiction Co-Editor Phantom Drift: New Fabulism Issue 3 2013
~ MFA in Fiction Pacific University, 2006
~ Senior Nonfiction Editor Silk Road, a literary review, 2006-2008
~ Secretary Board of Directors, The Clarion Foundation, The Clarion Workshop UCSD, 2005-2010
~ Board of Directors Young Writers Association, 2001-2003