Leanne Phillips is a writer living on California’s Central Coast. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Kelp Journal, Persimmon Tree, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, The Coachella Review, and GXRL.

Leanne 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 works as a freelance book coach and editor at Ink & Paper Love. She volunteers as a fiction editor at Kelp Journal and the books editor at GXRL. 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 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. She has volunteered at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival and as a certified sexual assault and intimate partner violence crisis counselor.