Leni Leanne Phillips is a student in the University of California at Riverside/Palm Desert’s MFA program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. Leanne received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in history from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and is a former fiction and poetry editor of Byzantium, Cal Poly’s literary journal.

Leanne’s focus is on fiction and creative non-fiction. She has also written on United States and California history, Bill of Rights issues, and Constitutional law. Leanne is a reader, contributor, and copy editor for The Coachella Review. Her work has appeared or will appear in The New Times, Tolosa PressHistory’s Women, LegalZoom, The Coachella Review, WordFest Anthology 2019, and elsewhere.