Leanne Phillips is a writer, a feminist, and a paralegal. She is a lifelong Californian with an affinity for the beach, books, movies, live music, and U.S. and California history. In her storied past, she has worked as a music promoter, a website developer, a film festival volunteer, and a volunteer sexual assault and intimate partner violence crisis counselor.

Leanne has contributed essays to The Rumpus and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Her book reviews and interviews have appeared in The Coachella Review, where she was at various times the multimedia editor, books editor, copy editor, and social media manager. She is a former fiction and poetry editor for Byzantium.

Leanne is currently hard at work on her first novel and a memoir in essays based on her life growing up in California.

She is an MFA candidate in the University of California at Riverside’s Palm Desert program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in history, at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.