Photograph by Trey Burnette

Leanne Phillips is a writer whose work has appeared in Kelp Journal, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, Persimmon Tree, The Coachella Review, and GXRL. Leanne is also a freelance book coach and editor at Ink & Paper Love. She is a Fiction Editor for Kelp Journal and is the Books Editor for GXRL. She is a voting member of the National Book Critics Circle.

Leanne was at various times the Multimedia Editor, Books Editor, Copyeditor, and Social Media Manager for The Coachella Review. She is a former Fiction and Poetry Editor for Byzantium.

Leanne earned her MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts (fiction/creative nonfiction) from the University of California at Riverside, Palm Desert. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in history, from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She also earned a Copyediting Certificate from the University of California at San Diego Extension.

Leanne is a lifelong Californian currently based on the Central Coast. She is a feminist, historian, amateur photographer, and beachcomber. She has an affinity for books, movies, live music, and U.S. and California history. She has worked as a paralegal, music promoter, beerista, and website developer. Her volunteer work includes volunteering with the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival and as a certified sexual assault and intimate partner violence crisis counselor for RISE.