Leslie What

Writer, Editor, Caregiver, Teacher, Maskmaker, Mom

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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


INTERVIEWS & REVIEWS


~ 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
~ The Agony Column
~ Olympic Games
reviewed by Elizabeth Hand at Fantasy&Science Fiction


JOURNALS

~ "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

ANTHOLOGIES

~ "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 ElectricStory.com, 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


BOOKS


~ 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


AWARDS AND HONORS


~ "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


BROADCAST AND MISCELLANEOUS


~ 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


SELECTED ARTICLES ON WRITING


~ "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


CRITICAL REVIEWS


~ "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


WORKSHOPS, CLASSES, LECTURES


~ 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


SELECTED PUBLIC READINGS


~ 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


NOT TO MENTION...


~ 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

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Selected Works

Fiction
"… Invaluable advice on how to love… how to be human."
–Ursula K. Le Guin
Essay
"A powerful,  lean, direct, taut, sinewy, substantive, holy,  prayerful piece of work that matters"
–Brian Doyle
Short Story
Flash Fiction published in Serving House Journal

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