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.

I’m pleased to say Grain Magazine has nominated my personal essay/memoir “Varieties of Accident”  (Summer 2018) for a Pushcart Prize. You can read the full essay here.

Freehand Books will publish my novel If Sylvie Had Nine Lives in autumn 2020. The manuscript was awarded the John V. Hicks Prize for 2016. Chapter one appeared in Journey Prize Stories 26, and Chapter 2 appeared in American Short Fiction, where it won the story prize. You can read the beginning of the novel 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