Leanna James Blackwell is director of the Bay Path University MFA in Creative Nonfiction and assistant professor of creative writing. She is also the editorial director of Multiplicity, the literary magazine of the MFA.
A frequent contributor to literary and feminist journals and a Pushcart Prize nominee, Leanna’s essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction’s True Story, Full Grown People, Literary Mama, five80split: A Journal of Arts and Letters, Hidden Manna: The Journal of Faith and Story, and in The Best of Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers. Leanna has also written for Mount Holyoke and Amherst magazines. Her work has appeared in the best-selling literary anthologies, A Ghost at Heart’s Edge: Stories and Poems of Adoption, and in Toddler, winner of an Independent Publishers Award (Seal Press). She was a Fiction Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center and a participating writer at the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, Squaw Valley Conference for Writers, and the Bay Area Writers’ Project. Currently, Leanna is at work on an autobiographical novel, The Sinners of Santa Ava, about a working-class Catholic family.
Please visit the MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing program page to learn about the curriculum, faculty, program options, and more.