Alex
Leslie

Awards

2015 Winner

Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers

Jury Citation

“With assured debuts in two genres, Alex Leslie melds remarkable acuity of vision with a refreshing eagerness for formal experimentation. She’s at once a writer’s writer and an accomplished teller of tales. People Who Disappear, her artfully gritty and ultimately uplifting story collection, presents fresh and nuanced portraits of West Coast living far from the affluence and rhythms of the city. In rendering the inhabitants of The things I heard about you’s enticing prose poems – solitary ferry rider, outlier schoolgirl, river’s edge creature, and pariah scrounger – Leslie displays a tremendous gift for compassion that’s equal to a talent for technique.” -- 2015 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers (Nancy Cullen, Brett Josef Grubisic, and Anand Mahadevan)