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 short memoir, “Six Ways She Might Have Died before She Reached Nineteen,” which was shortlisted for a National Magazine Award and won Prairie Fire’s creative nonfiction prize, will appear in Best Canadian Essays 2016, from Tightrope Books.

“How Sylvie Failed to Become a Better Person through Yoga,”  a short story I began years ago and revised at least a dozen times, and which earned first prize in American Short Fiction‘s short story contest, is out now, in the summer issue. You can subscribe or buy a single issue here.

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