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C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference / Across Species Lines: Women Writing Animals

On Saturday, November 8, 2019, Leanna joins Kate McIntyre, Anne Barngrover, Trudy Lewis, and Wendy Oleson on this panel to discuss the importance of animals in women’s writing.

From the surrealist provocation of Leonora Carrington’s hyena to Marianne Moore’s prickly array of creatures to the minutely observed weasels of Annie Dillard or the strange symbiosis of insect-like aliens and humans in Octavia Butler, women writers have long been probing the intricacies of human-animal relations. Five women writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction discuss the pressing need for more animals on the page in these times of ecological crisis, the role of animals in their own work, and why the inclusion of animal and nonhuman characters in creative works can be viewed as a feminist act.

Gemini Ink Writers Conference / Haunted Environments & Hidden Stories

On Sunday, July 21, 2019, Leanna joins Matty Layne Glasgow, Esteban Rodriguez, Renee Christopher, & Ayo Falomo on this panel to discuss the role of identity in excavating memory & negotiating place.

For writers of marginalized identities, environment can serve as both a site of and an escape from trauma. In what ways can we as writers honor the places that made us & liberate ourselves from the oppression & trauma that held us there? In this panel, we explore how queer worldmaking, magical realism, & environmental writing can excavate stories of place, paying close attention to the construction & suppression of identity in these practices.


“Celebrating Short Story Month” in the Missouri Review

“A Conversation with Christian Bök” in the Missouri Review

“A Conversation with Tyehimba Jess and F. Douglas Brown” in the Missouri Review

“Citizen Jane Filmmakers Series: A Conversation with Sharon Shattuck” in the Missouri Review

“A Conversation with Jami Attenberg, the Author of Saint Mazie” in the Missouri Review


“Raining Poetry to Make Its Mark on Downtown Sidewalks” in the Columbia Missourian

“Hidden Street Poems Are Ready for Readings in the Rain” in the Columbia Missourian


​Interview in Queen Mobs