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Dr. Anna Leahy

Professor, Director, MFA in Creative Writing
Director of Tabula Poetica
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of English
Office Location: Smith Hall 204D
Phone: (714) 628-7389
Scholarly Works:
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Knox College, Bachelor of Arts
Iowa State University, Master of Arts
University of Maryland College Park, Master of Fine Arts
Ohio University, Ph.D.

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Anna Leahy is the author of the nonfiction book Tumor and the poetry collections What Happened Was, Aperture, and Constituents of Matter and the co-author of Generation Space: A Love Story and Conversing with Cancer. Her essays have appeared at The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Southern Review, The Pinch, and elsewhere and have won the top awards from Mississippi Review, Los Angeles Review, Ninth Letter, and Dogwood. She edited and co-wrote What We Talk about When We Talk about Creative Writing and Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom and publishes widely about creative writing pedagogy and the profession.

Leahy directs the MFA in Creative writing program at Chapman University, where she edits the international journal Tab Journal and curates the Tabula Poetica reading series. Leahy earned her Ph.D. from Ohio University, her M.F.A. from the University of Maryland, and her M.A. from Iowa State University. She teaches creative writing courses.

See more at www.amleahy.com & follow @amleahy.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Sharp Miracles (poetry chapbook), Blue Lyra Press, 2016
“Beyond Graduation: Sustaining Yourself as a Writer,” Studying Creative Writing, edited by Stephanie Vanderslice, Creative Writing Studies/Frontinus, 2016
“Nostalgia for Small Airports” (with Douglas R. Dechow; reprint), Airplane Reading (anthology), 2016
“Sweet Dreams Are Made of These,” Grand Prize in Literature, Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose, Spring 2016
"Awash," Finalist for Poetry Prize, Nimrod, Fall/Winter 2014
“Private Dwelling: Three Poets on Keeping (and Destroying Journals,” Poets & Writers, September/October 2014
“The Excitement of Influence," Women and Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching, eds. Carol Smallwood, Colleen Harris, & Cynthia Brackett-Vincent, MacFarland & Company, 2012
“Half-Skull Days,” The Pinch, Spring 2012
“Strange Attraction: John Wayne and Me,” The Southern Review, Americana Issue, Spring 2011
“Freedom Without Walls: One Model for Interdisciplinarity on Campus” (with K. Gallagher and D. Dechow), Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, Fall 2011
“To find, to create, to remake,” commissioned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Chapman University, printed in Chapman Magazine and other documents throughout 2011