Hi, i'm leigh

I'm the author of the novel The Fallback Plan, about a young woman who moves back home after graduation (New York magazine called it "highbrow brilliant"), a poetry collection called Dispatch from the Future that's been described as "Anne Sexton on Twitter" (Publisher's Weekly chose it for the Best Summer Books of 2012), and a memoir about young love, obsession, abuse, and loss called Land of Enchantment. Right now I'm working on my fourth book, a novel.

I've written for the New York Times, the Washington PostAllure, ELLEPoets & Writers, BuzzFeed, The Cut, Salon, and Slate. Click here for my clips. 

I'm the cofounder of BinderCon, the conference for women and gender variant writers, and I'm a teacher and writing coach dedicated to helping my students finish and publish the work that means the most to them.

Leigh Stein rhymes with Bee Spine.

Recent interviews

If It's Not a Hell Yes, It's a No!, Life TK podcast

Memory Motel podcast, Episode 12, "A Little Bit of Grace" 

Untangle podcast


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