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.

Best Canadian Essays 2016, which includes my prize-winning short memoir, “Six Ways She Might Have Died before She Reached Nineteen,” is available now from Tightrope Books. You can order a copy here.

If Sylvie Had Nine Lives, my as yet unpublished novel, was awarded the John V. Hicks Prize for 2016, sponsored by the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild. 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