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Leslie What

Leslie What has sold some fifty short stories since making her debut in 1992 in Isaac Asimovís Science Fiction Magazine. She also writes nonfiction and poetry. She has been a nurse, a performance artist, a maskmaker, and Jello artist -- (or, as she says, "imagine George Sand / Martha Stewart / Ernie Kovacs, with attitude").

Leslie attended the Clarion Writing Workshop after nursing school. When Clarion ended, she moved her stethoscope, typewriter, and tap shoes to Oregon, where she worked as a nurse, performed as a tap-dancing gorilla, and studied writing with her Clarion mentors Damon Knight and Kate Wilhelm.

In the past ten years or so, she has managed a low-income food program, volunteered as a Campfire Youth group leader, written for an alternative weekly, written confessions, written documentary scripts -- one of which was produced on PBS -- written manuals on aging and caregiving, and edited a book of poetry by at-risk youth. She has been an Artist-in-Schools and has taught writing at several conferences. She currently volunteers with a religious burial society and another social service organization. She works at home as an antiques dealer and freelance writer, and was a writer-in-residence at Clarion in Summer 2002.

You can read more about her on her website at http://www.sff.net/people/leslie.what


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