Leah Browning is an American writer and editor. She is the author of Two Good Ears and Loud Snow, mini-books of short fiction published by Silent Station Press in 2021 and 2022, respectively. They are now available for purchase via Powell’s, IndieBound, Bookshop.org, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and other online booksellers. Her first full-length collection of poetry, When the Sun Comes Out After Three Days of Rain, was published by Kelsay Books in 2022. It is available for purchase via the Kelsay Books website, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, Bookshop.org, Books-A-Million, and elsewhere. Browning’s recent publications also include a story, “Wraparound Skirts,” in Waxwing (Fall 2023); two poems, “Wednesday Afternoon” and “Lucky Stars,” reprinted in The Field Guide Poetry Magazine (September 2023); a short story, “Caught,” in Contrary Magazine (Summer 2023); a poem, “Trimming the Fat,” in Rabid Oak (June 2023); two poems, “My Little Sun” and “You Were Always Behind Glass,” in Salmon Creek Journal (2023); a story, “Three Sheets,” in The Big Windows Review (Winter 2023); a list, “Answers to All of the Questions Asked by the Little Girl Sitting Behind Me at Last Night’s Performance of The Marriage of Figaro,” in Points in Case (January 7, 2023); a poem, “Paris,” reprinted in Autumn Sky Poetry Daily (November 20, 2022); three poems—“Night, After Rain,” “Just Before Dawn,” and “Beekeeping for Beginners”—in Umbrella Factory Magazine (October 2022); a short story, “Dark Horse,” in Terrain.org (September 16, 2022); two poems, “5150” and “Encyclopedia Britannica,” in Lighthouse Weekly (September 14, 2022); two poems, “Texas” and “Santa Barbara,” in Sybil Journal (August 22, 2022); a piece of short humor, “Hello and Welcome to the Reality TV Participants of the 2022-2023 Television Season,” in The Haven (August 7, 2022); a poem, “Imperial Butterfly House, Vienna,” in Mulberry Literary (Summer 2022); two poems, “In the Valley” and “Dragon’s beard,” in Scapegoat Review (Summer 2022); a short story, “The Lawnmower,” in Hive Avenue Literary Journal (May 2022); a short story, “Miscalculations,” in Ponder Review (Spring 2022); a short story, “Florida, 1993,” in Litro Online (May 13, 2022); a pair of linked short stories, “Four-in-Hand” in Wilderness House Literary Review (Spring 2022) and “Around Her Neck” in October Hill Magazine (Spring 2022); a short story, “Souvenirs from Another Life,” in The Westchester Review (Spring 2022); a list, “Five Opportunities for Romance, After Too Many Episodes of Dateline and 48 Hours,” in The Haven (March 28, 2022); a short story, “Armie,” in Blue Lake Review (March 2022); a short story, “Elise in Austria,” in Clementine Unbound (February 22, 2022); two stories, “The Virtuoso (Circa 2018)” and “Hope for the Future,” in Harpur Palate (2022); a poem, “Velocity,” in Tipton Poetry Journal (Fall 2021); a poem, “Sea Glass,” in You Might Need to Hear This (December 20, 2021); a short story, “Brute,” in The Big Windows Review (Fall 2021); a short story, “Year of the Rat,” in Wild Roof Journal (July 2021); a short story, “Circuitry,” in Field Notes, a project of Cordella Magazine (June 11, 2021); three linked stories, “Scents/Sense/Cents,” in Flock (Spring 2021); a short story, “Severance,” in Parhelion Literary Magazine (Spring 2021); a short story, “Good Girls,” in The Ilanot Review (Spring 2021); a short story, “The Body in the Bedroom,” in The Loch Raven Review (Spring 2021); a short story, “Ventilation,” in Necessary Fiction (March 31, 2021); a short story, “My One and Only,” in Thin Air Online (January 6, 2021); three poems—“I Go Back in Time and Rescue My Mother,” “The Night He Broke His Collarbone,” and “Crossing from One Continent to the Next”—reprinted in the anthology Lullabies & Confessions: Poetic Explorations of Parenting Across the Lifespan (2021); and a poem, “I Go Back in Time and Rescue My Mother,” reprinted in the anthology 101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium (2021). Browning has edited the Apple Valley Review, an online literary journal, since 2005. The Fall 2023 issue of the Apple Valley Review is currently available online.
A BRIEF BIO
Leah Browning is the author of Two Good Ears and Loud Snow, mini-books of flash fiction published by Silent Station Press, and When the Sun Comes Out After Three Days of Rain, a collection of poetry published by Kelsay Books. She is also the author of three short nonfiction books, all of which were published by Capstone Press, and six chapbooks of poetry and fiction. Her second chapbook of short fiction, Orchard City, was published by Hyacinth Girl Press in 2017. Browning’s most recent poetry chapbooks include In the Chair Museum and Out of Body, which were published by Dancing Girl Press in 2013 and 2018, respectively.
Browning’s fiction, poetry, essays, and articles have previously appeared in a variety of publications including Harpur Palate, Flock, Four Way Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, The Threepenny Review, The Petigru Review, The Stillwater Review, Contrary Magazine, Necessary Fiction, Waxwing, Terrain.org, The Forge Literary Magazine, Thin Air Magazine, Parhelion Literary Magazine, South 85 Journal, Belle Ombre, Superstition Review, Oyster River Pages, The Broadkill Review, Newfound, Chagrin River Review, Watershed Review, Route 7 Review, The Westchester Review, The Ilanot Review, Random Sample Review, Mojave River Review, Poetry South, Coldnoon, Clementine Unbound, First Class Literary Magazine, Santa Ana River Review, The Big Windows Review, Bluestem Magazine, Blood Orange Review, Waypoints, and Bellows American Review. Her work has been included in several anthologies including The Doll Collection from Terrapin Books and Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence from White Pine Press.
Her poems have also appeared on a broadside from Broadsided Press, on postcards and bookmarks from the program Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf, in The Wardrobe, and with audio and video recordings in The Poetry Storehouse. One of Nic Sebastian’s short films from The Poetry Storehouse, which included a reading of Browning’s poem “There’s Nothing,” was the Poets & Writers Clip of the Day on July 10, 2014. Browning’s poem “Any Day Now,” which was originally published in Dressing Room Poetry Journal and later reprinted in The Poetry Storehouse and A Year of Being Here, is available on a printable broadside with original artwork by Sarah Browning.
Individual pieces of short fiction and poetry are forthcoming. Her first full-length collection of short stories, The Costume Wedding, is forthcoming from Betty Books, an imprint of WTAW Press.
In addition to writing, Leah Browning serves as editor of the Apple Valley Review, an online literary journal. Each issue features a collection of poetry, short fiction, and essays.
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