Leslie Stella

Leslie Stella is the author of four novels: Fat Bald Jeff (Grove Press, 2001), The Easy Hour (Three Rivers Press, 2003), Unimaginable Zero Summer (Three Rivers Press, 2005), and the young adult novel Permanent Record (Skyscape, 2013), which was selected as the 2014-15 teen title for the Suburban Mosaic Book of the Year and also selected by Library Services for Youth in Custody for their 2014 “In the Margins” Book Award list.

She was a founding editor of the legendary Chicago-based politics and satire magazine Lumpen, and her work has been published in The Mississippi Review,The Adirondack Review, Bust, Easy Listener, and anthologized in The Book of Zines: Readings from the Fringe (Henry Holt, 1997; compiled by Playboy editor Chip Rowe), a collection of essays and articles from the obsessive, frequently bizarre world of zines.Leslie was nominated for a 2004 Pushcart Prize in short fiction.  A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she lives in Illinois with her family.