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Leah Browning is an American writer and editor. Her recent publications include 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); a poem, “I Go Back in Time and Rescue My Mother,” reprinted in the anthology 101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium (2021); a short story, “The Surrogate Wife,” in The Petigru Review (2020); a short story, “The Rain in Brussels,” in Two Hawks Quarterly (Fall 2020); a poem, “Birds of Paradise,” in Oyster River Pages (September 2020); a short story, “Quarantine of the Hothouse Roses,” in Birdland Journal (Summer 2020); a short story, “Rats (10.24.2016: p. 67),” in Funicular Magazine (Summer 2020); a short story, “Nobody Wants Your Heirlooms,” in Wilderness House Literary Review (Summer 2020); a short story, “Years Later (Revision),” in River and South Review (Summer 2020); two poems, “American Housewife” and “Suburban Dreams,” in The Broadkill Review (May/June 2020); a short story, “Porsche,” in Boston Literary Magazine (June 2020); a 100-word story, “One-Night Stand,” in Friday Flash Fiction (May 29, 2020); a short story, “If the Orchid in Question Were a Pink and White Lady’s Slipper,” in Belle Ombre (March 2020); and a short story, “Chappaquiddick,” one of three finalists for the 2019 Julia Peterkin Flash Fiction Contest, in South 85 Journal (Fall/Winter 2019). Browning has edited the Apple Valley Review, an online literary journal, since 2005. The Fall 2021 issue of the Apple Valley Review is currently available online

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Orchard City

fiction by Leah Browning

Hyacinth Girl Press, 2017

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Volume 16, Number 1

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Out of Body

poetry by Leah Browning

Dancing Girl Press, 2018



Leah Browning is the author of three short nonfiction books 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 The Forge Literary Magazine, Four Way Review, The Threepenny Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, The Stillwater Review, Mojave River Review, South 85 Journal, Thin Air Magazine, The Petigru Review, Belle Ombre, Superstition Review, Oyster River Pages, The Broadkill Review, Newfound, Chagrin River Review, Watershed Review, Route 7 Review, Random Sample Review, Poetry South, Clementine Unbound, First Class Literary Magazine, Santa Ana River 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.

Poetry and fiction are forthcoming in Harpur Palate, The Blue Mountain Review, and You Might Need to Hear This.

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.  

For a more detailed bio and a list of selected publications, please visit the Bio page.