Discipline: Literature – fiction

Anna Leahy

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Orange, CA
MacDowell fellowships: 2022
More: amleahy.com

Anna Leahy is the author of the nonfiction book Tumor and the poetry collections What Happened Was:, Aperture, and Constituents of Matter. She directs the M.F.A. in creative writing program at Chapman University and edits Tab Journal.

Her work has appeared in Aeon, The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, Poetry, Scientific American, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. Her essays have won top awards from Mississippi Review, Los Angeles Review, Ninth Letter, and Dogwood. Her essay "Ordinary Pandemonium: A Story of Noise" won the 2021 Mississippi Review Award in Creative Nonfiction.

While in residence, Leahy researched and drafted an essay about vertigo and developed a book review for The Washington Post. She also revised her poetry book manuscript.



Anna Leahy worked in the Sprague-Smith studio.

In January of 1976, the original Sprague-Smith Studio — built in 1915–1916 and funded by music students of Mrs. Charles Sprague-Smith of the Veltin School — was destroyed by fire. Redesigned by William Gnade, Sr., a Peterborough builder, the fieldstone structure was rebuilt the same year from the foundation up, reusing the original fieldstone. A few…

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