Author: Alex Leslie

Profile: Alex Leslie is a Canadian short story writer. Leslie belongs to the Ashkenazi Jewish (Eastern Ukraine) and British heritage and resides in Vancouver, BC area. Leslie is born in Vancouver on Musqueam territory. Leslie has taught at the Banff Centre for the Arts, as a guest fiction mentor.

Leslie’s most notable works include, People Who Disappear and The Things I Heard About You. People Who Disappear is the debut short story collection published in 2012. Editing the Queer issue of Poetry Is Dead magazine is one of Alex Leslie’s recent projects in which she brings together different approaches to Queer poetics from all across Canada.

Writing style: Alex Leslie’s writings span across fiction and poetry and it is the spaces in between in which she is keen the most.

Published Texts:


2012 – People Who Disappear

2014 - The Things I Heard About You

2018 – We All Need to Eat


Awards and Acknowledgements:

2015 – Won the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT writers from the Writers Trust of Canada

2013 – Shortlisted nominee for the Lambda Literary Award for Debut Fiction (People Who Disappear)

Won a Gold National Magazine Award (for personal journalism)

2013 – ReLit Award for Short Stories (People Who Disappear)

2014 – Finalist for the Robert Kroetsch Award (The Things I Heard About You – poetry prose collection)

National Magazine Award for ‘Pre-History’

CBC Literary Award for ‘Preservation’ a short story

The literary magazine, Prairie Fire published a piece of his work

2016 - Leslie’s writings have appeared in the anthologies Journey Prize

2014 - Best Canadian Poetry in English

2009 – Best Canadian Stories

09: Coming Attractions

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