Leni Leanne Phillips is a writer based in San Luis Obispo, California. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Coachella Review, and elsewhere. She is currently at work on her first collection of short stories and a memoir in essays based on her experiences growing up in California.

Leanne is pursuing her MFA at the University of California at Riverside’s Palm Desert MFA program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. She received 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 currently the Books Editor and Lead Copy Editor for The Coachella Review. She is a former fiction and poetry editor for Byzantium.