An accomplished public speaker, Leigh has spoken to crowds of hundreds at conferences, schools, and events across the country. To invite Leigh to speak at an event, use this contact form.



October 26-28, 2018 (Pawleys Island, SC)—on faculty at the Pawleys Island Writer’s Conference
November 15, 2017 (Brooklyn)
Tables of Contents reading series at EGG Restaurant with Julie Buntin and Gabe Habash
March 3, 2017 (New York City) - MidSentence: Writers in Conversation at Mid-Manhattan Library with Melissa Febos
October 29, 2016 (New York City) - keynote conversation with Anna Quindlen at BinderCon
October 13, 2016 (Glen Ellyn, IL) - "The Personal as Political," 50th Anniversary of College of DuPage event
October 1, 2016 (Newtown, CT) - The Connecticut Authors Reading Series
September 24, 2016 (Missoula, MT) - gala reader at the Montana Book Festival
September 20, 2016 (Providence, RI) - Point Street Reading Series
September 12, 2016 (New York City) Featured reader at Amy Awards ceremony, presented by Poets & Writers at the New York Society Library
August 28, 2016 (Brooklyn) Featured reader for Pigeon Pages series at Book Court
August 10, 2016 (Chicago) Land of Enchantment launch with Alison Bowen at Women & Children First
August 4, 2016 (Los Angeles) Land of Enchantment launch with Wendy C. Ortiz at Book Soup
August 3, 2016 (Albuquerque) Land of Enchantment launch at Bookworks
August 2, 2016 (New York City) Land of Enchantment launch with Rachel Syme at Powerhouse Arena
April 2016 (Los Angeles) - You Don't Know Me at All: The Creation of Self as Protagonist in Memoir panel at AWP with Cheryl Strayed, Eileen Cronin, and Laurie Lindeen
September 2015 (New York City) - Greatest 3-Minute Midwestern Stories night at Housing Works
September 2015 (New York City) - featured reader for Dead Rabbits Reading Series
April 2015 (New York City) - reader on the High Line as part of National Poetry Month, presented by the Academy of American Poets
February 2014 (Philadelphia) - guest author at Kelly Writers House at UPenn
January 2014 (Miami) - guest poet at University of Wynwood
July 2013 (New York City) - Teen Ink Guest Speaker
November 2012 (New York, NY) - guest author at the New School
October 2012 (Glen Ellyn, IL) - Writers Read Series at College of DuPage
October 2009 (New York, NY) - Periodically Speaking at the New York Public Library
October 2008 (New York, NY) - 13th Annual Amy Awards, Sponsored by Poets & Writers, at the New York Society Library