Leslie Pietrzyk, Adjunct Faculty
MA in Writing Faculty, Fiction
Leslie Pietrzyk is the author of three novels, Pears on a Willow Tree, A Year and a Day, and Silver Girl. This Angel on My Chest, her collection of linked short stories, won the 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize in 2015. Kirkus named it one of the 16 best story collections of the year. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in many publications, including Hudson Review, Southern Review, Arts & Letters, Gettysburg Review, The Sun, Shenandoah, River Styx, Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, New England Review, Salon, Washingtonian, and the Washington Post Magazine.
She has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Pietrzyk is a member of the core fiction faculty at the Converse low-residency MFA program and often teaches in the MA Program in Writing at Johns Hopkins University.
Recent short fiction can be found in The Collagist, Hobart, Phoebe, Southern Indiana Review, Cincinnati Review, Crab Orchard Review, Tahoma Literary Review, Potomac Review, Cimarron Review, and Midwestern Gothic. Her short stories have been anthologized in many books, including Baseball’s Best Stories, New Sudden Fiction: Short-Short Stories from America and Beyond, and Dictionary of Failed Relationships. Short story awards include the Jeanne Charpiot Goodheart Prize for Fiction from Shenandoah and the Chris O’Malley Fiction Prize from Madison Review. She is the founder and editor of Redux, an online journal featuring previously published work.
Raised in Iowa, she now lives in Alexandria, Virginia.