Leona Theis

Welcome. Please tour the site to read excerpts of published work or works in progress. Stay awhile and read Curriculum of a Western Landscape, a story about my dad that was shortlisted for a CBC Literary Award for creative nonfiction.

News: My creative nonfiction, “Six Ways She Might Have Died before She Reached 19,” is nominated for a National Magazine Award in the Personal Journalism category.

“How Sylvie Failed to Become a Better Person through Yoga,”  a short story I began years ago and revised at least a dozen times has earned first prize in American Short Fiction’s short story contest. I’m thrilled. The story will appear in the summer issue of the magazine. Here’s the announcement. My thanks to both American Short Fiction and Elizabeth McCracken, the contest judge, and a writer whose work you should check into.

SightlinesThe Art of Salvage


“Spareness, clarity, and
elegance of style”
- Sandra Birdsell on Sightlines

“Finely written and
acutely observed”
-Yann Martel on The Art of Salvage