Leslie Youngblood

Leslie Youngblood received an MFA from the University of North Carolina
at Greensboro. A former assistant professor of creative writing at Lincoln
University in Jefferson City, she has lectured at Mississippi State University,
UNC-Greensboro, and the University of Ghana at Legon. She’s been awarded
a host of writing honors including a 2014 Yaddo’s Elizabeth Ames Residency,
the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Prize, a Hurston Wright Fellowship, and
the Room of Her Own Foundation’s 2009 Orlando Short Story Prize. Her
short story, “Poor Girls’ Palace,” was published in the winter 2009 edition of
the Indiana Review, as well as Kwelijournal, 2014. In 2010 she won the Go
On Girl! Book Club Aspiring Writer Award. She is currently editing LOVE LIKE
SKY, her first Middle Grade novel. Born in Bogalusa, Louisiana, and raised in
Rochester, New York, she’s fortunate to have a family of natural storytellers
and a circle of supportive and family and friends.