Leslie Pietrzyk is an American author who has three traditionally published novels, Pears on a Willow Tree, A Year and a Day, and Silver Girl. Her historical novel, Reversing the River, set in Chicago on the first day of 1900, was serialized on the literary app, Great Jones Street.[1]

Leslie Pietrzyk
Author at the 2018 Gaithersburg Book FestivalEdit this at Wikidata

Her short story collection, This Angel on My Chest., won the 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize.[2] Other awards include residencies to Hawthornden Castle, the Wolff Cottage in Fairhope (AL), Writer in Residence at ARGS, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, and The Hambidge Center. Short story awards include the Jeanne Charpiot Goodheart Prize for Fiction from Shenandoah and the Chris O’Malley Fiction Prize from Madison Review.[3]


Her short fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review, New England Review, The Sun, Ploughshares, River Styx, The Washington Post Journal, TriQuarterly, and Shenandoah.[4][5]

She holds a B.A. in English/Creative Writing from Northwestern University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from American University.[6] She lives in Alexandria, Virginia and teaches in the Masters in Writing program at Johns Hopkins University as well as the Low-Res MFA program at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Pietrzyk is also the founder and editor of Redux, an online journal featuring previously published work.[7]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ http://www.lesliepietrzyk.com/about/
  2. ^ https://www.converse.edu/program/master-of-fine-arts-mfa/current-and-recent-core-faculty/#1487275321270-78275b22-a84f
  3. ^ http://www.lesliepietrzyk.com/about/
  4. ^ Pietrzyk, Leslie (2007-11-08). "Brief Bio". Retrieved 2009-02-11.
  5. ^ https://www.converse.edu/program/master-of-fine-arts-mfa/current-and-recent-core-faculty/#1487275321270-78275b22-a84f
  6. ^ Hafiz, Amina (Winter 2005). "On Being A Writer, Food, And Stubbornness: An Interview with Leslie Pietrzyk". Folio. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
  7. ^ http://www.reduxlitjournal.com/p/submission-guidelines-for-redux.html