About Me

About Me

Leanna Petronella’s debut poetry collection, The Imaginary Age, won the 2018 Pleiades Press Editors Prize.  Purchase here!

Her poetry appears in Beloit Poetry Journal, Third Coast, Birmingham Poetry Review, CutBank, Quarterly West, and other publications. Her fiction appears in Drunken Boat, and her nonfiction appears in Brevity. She holds a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri and an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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Haunting the spheres of womb and bone and mother-longing, Leanna Petronella is so good! These are poems wet with blood and blooming with mystery, and we need them in our dry garden of a world.
—Melissa Broder, author of Last Sext

Like many of the best fairy tales, Leanna Petronella’s The Imaginary Age tells the story of a daughter trying to make her way through the world with one pocket stuffed with grief and the other full of memories for her lost mother. In a distinct voice that merges surrealist imagery and playful use of poetic forms, Petronella has created a collection of completely new and deeply satisfying myths for coming of age, sexual awakening, and living joyfully, meaningfully, authentically ever after.
—Kathryn Nuernberger, author of Rue

This is a book of transport that turns the imagination into a bathysphere, a spacecraft, a carousel. Petronella is not afraid to examine matters of sex, blood, private calamity with bold wit and verve. And while a whimsical intellect drives these poems through childhood closets and vivid menageries, the reader notes the signs of peril littering such a landscape: “unsepulchered girlish legs,” “wasps and teeth,” “pieces of beak.” Come ride this exquisite vessel of The Imaginary Age whose shadows leave a strange calligraphy on the ground.
—Carolina Ebeid, author of You Ask Me to Talk About the Interior

Release Date: 15 October 2019 

88 pages, 6 x 9 

ISBN: 978-0-8071-7152-3

Paper $17.95

Distributed by LSU Press 




2020 Readings

February 21: Bookwoman, Austin TX, 7:00pm. Reading with Addie Tsai.  “Twin Bill.”


March 6: AWP, Henry B. González Convention Center, Pleiades Press Table. Book signing, 12-1pm.


March 7: Cherrity Bar, San Antonio TX, 5:00pm. Reading with Kate McIntyre, Anne Barngrover, and Jen Julian. “Read in Tooth and Claw: A Chorus of New Writing about Animals.”


March 10: Malvern Books, Austin TX, 7:00pm. Reading with Timothy Donnelly and Logan Fry.



2019 Readings

September 14: Malvern Books, Austin TX, 7:00pm.  Esteban Rodríguez Book Launch, with Saul Hernandez and Gabino Iglesias.


October 15: Orr Street Studios, Columbia MO, 7:00pm. With artist Joy Wilson.


October 17: University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg MO, 3:30pm. Reading with Heidi Czerwiec.


October 18: The Writers Place, Kansas City MO, 7:00pm. Reading with Andrea Hollander and Heidi Czerwiec.


November 1: Brazos Bookstore, Houston TX, 6:30pm. Reading with Meggie Monahan.


November 15: BookPeople, Austin TX, 7:00pm.