Leanne Phillips is a writer, book coach, and editor. She currently volunteers as a fiction editor at Kelp Journal and the books editor at GXRL. Leanne  was at various times the multimedia editor, books editor, copy editor, and social media manager for The Coachella Review. She is a former fiction and poetry editor for Byzantium.

Leanne’s short fiction has appeared in Kelp Journal. She has contributed essays to The Rumpus and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Her book reviews and interviews have appeared in GXRL and The Coachella Review.

Leanne is currently hard at work on her first novel and a memoir in essays. She earned her MFA in Fiction from the University of California at Riverside’s Palm Desert program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. Her cross-emphasis was in creative non-fiction. 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.

Leanne is a lifelong Californian currently based on the Central Coast. She is a feminist, historian, amateur photographer, and beachcomber. She has a special affinity for books, movies, live music, and U.S. and California history. She has worked as a paralegal, music promoter, beerista, website developer, film festival volunteer, and certified volunteer sexual assault and intimate partner violence crisis counselor.