About Leslie

Leslie Daniels’ critically acclaimed first novel, Cleaning Nabokov’s House, was published by Simon & Schuster/Touchstone, in translation in four languages, and in development for film.

Leslie received a B.A. in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, MA in psychology from the New School for Social Research, MFA in creative writing from Vermont College. Leslie has taught writing workshops at the University of Pennsylvania writing conference, Eastern Washington University MFA program, Franklin & Marshall College, and others. She was the 2011 Walton Award visiting writer at the University of Arkansas. She is on faculty at Spalding University’s MFA in Writing program, the Colgate Writers Conference, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.

Leslie was the fiction editor for Green Mountains Review, and guest edited the Louisville Review. In Ithaca she served as the artistic advisor to the Finger Lakes literary festival, Spring Writes. She has published stories or essays in Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, New Ohio Review, Stone Canoe, among others.  Her one-act play was produced by The Shooting Gallery in New York City.  She has been nominated for Best American Essays, four times for the Pushcart Prize and for the Best of the Associated Writing Programs. Leslie lives in Ithaca, New York where she is writing a second novel.