Leslie What is a Nebula Award-winning writer of fantasy and literary fiction and nonfiction who was dubbed “the Queen of Gonzo” by Gardner Dozois, former editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction. Ms. What is the author of the novel, Olympic Games (Tachyon Publications, 2004); and a collection Crazy Love (Wordcraft of Oregon, 2008), a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.

Some 100 of her short stories, poems, and essays are published, appearing in Asimov’s, Bending the Landscape, Best New Horror, Calyx, Flurb, Fugue, Lilith Magazine, Midstream, Parabola, Sci Fiction, The Clackamas Review, The Los Angeles Review, The Mammoth Book of Tales from the Road, Unstuck, Utne Reader, Witpunk and other anthologies and magazines. Her work has been shortlisted for the James Tiptree Award.

Ms. What has served as nonfiction editor at the literary journal Silk Road and (with R. A. Rycraft) co-edited the anthology Winter Tales II: Women on the Art of Aging (Serving House Books, May 2012). She was the first fiction editor for Phantom Drift: New Fabulism.

Awards and Recognition

  • Nebula Award, Oregon Book Award Finalist, Winner Next Generation Indie Book Award