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Leslie Leyland Fields

Where: Kodiak
Genre(s): poetry, literary nonfiction, journalism, and essays
Job(s): Writer, The Northern Pen:Professional Writing Services


Favorite Places in Alaska: Harvester Island (my fishcamp on the west side of Kodiak)

Bio: I'm a creative nonfiction writer. My 8th book just released this fall. My essays have appeared in Orion, The Atlantic, Best Essays Northwest and many others. I write on a variety of subjects including commercial fishing, wilderness, the spirituality of food, parenting, and faith. Like many others, I am indeed an Alaska writer who embraces and is enlivened by my particular geography; yet at times I push against the limits that "Alaska" sometimes imposes, and write beyond place into other regions that we inhabit: the "places" of food, the "places" of faith, the "place" of family. I've just resigned from 6 years of graduate teaching (in CNF) to devote more time to writing, traveling and speaking.


  • Hooked! True Stories of Obsession, Love and Death by Alaska's Commercial Fishermen and Women
  • The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God
  • "Parenting is Your Highest Calling" . . and Eight Other Myths
  • Surprise Child
  • Surviving the Island of Grace
  • Out on the Deep Blue
  • The Entangling Net: Alaska's Commercial Fishing Women Tell Their Lives
  • The Water Under Fish (poetry)

Work Online:

Please contact me for readings, classes, lectures and editing services.
I work with university and community writers.
Special Interests:
I have a particular interest in writing about place, the writing process, and the process of creating a finished manuscript.

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Listing last updated: September, 2011

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