Leigh Stein is the author of three books. Her début novel The Fallback Plan made the "highbrow brilliant" quadrant of New York magazine's "Approval Matrix," and her poetry collection Dispatch from the Future was selected for Publishers Weekly's Best Summer Books of 2012 list, and the Rumpus Poetry Book Club. Land of Enchantment, her memoir about young love, obsession, abuse, and loss, was released in August 2016 by Plume, and was selected by Junior Library Guild as an adult book with teen appeal. She has also written for the New York Times, the Washington PostAllurePoets & Writers, BuzzFeed, The Cut, Salon, and Slate.

She is also the cofounder of Out of the Binders, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the careers of women and gender variant writers, and served as Executive Director of the organization until May 2017. For her advocacy work, Stein has been called a "leading feminist" by the Washington Post, and honored as a "woman of influence" by New York Business Journal.

Originally from Chicago, and briefly in Albuquerque, she currently lives outside New York City. 

Leigh Stein rhymes with Bee Spine.

Recent interviews

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

Untangle podcast


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