Leslie Schwartz, whose career as a writer has spanned nearly three decades, has written two award-winning novels, Jumping the Green and Angels Crest. Her latest published work is a memoir, The Lost Chapter: Finding Recovery and Renewal One Book at a Time (July 2018). She was recently named Kalliope magazine’s Woman Writer of the Year and has won many awards for her fiction and community service as a writer, including three artist-in-residence grants from the LA Department of Cultural Affairs, the West Hollywood/Algonquin Award for Public Service in the Arts, an artist-in-resident fellowship at Arteles Creative Center in Finland, and a California Council for the Humanities Fellowship. Her two novels have been published in 13 languages. Angels Crest was adapted for the screen where it premiered in theaters in 2013. Her essays and articles have most recently appeared in Salon, LitHub, The Rumpus, Brevity, The Washington Post and Narratively Speaking. She has taught writing at various universities and creative institutions, including writing workshops at the Jewish Women’s Theatre at the Braid, and currently offers private mentoring and editing services. She was also selected by founder of Words Beyond Bars’ founder, Karen Lausa, to launch the Denver-based prison reading program in California prisons in 2019.
Schwartz has an MFA in Creative Writing and is currently writing her fourth book, a novel.