Leah Stewart

Leah Stewart




Master of Fine Arts, Fiction: University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan , 1996

Bachelor of Arts, English: Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee , 1994

Positions and Work Experience

2007 -2012 Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2006 -2007 Watkins Endowed Visiting Professor of Creative Writing, Murray State University,

2005 -2006 Visiting Mentor, Low-Residency MFA Program, Murray State University,

2003 -2004 Tennessee Williams Fellow, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee

2001 -2002 Visiting Assistant Professor , Vanderbilt University,

1999 -1999 Associate Editor, DoubleTake magazine, Durham, North Carolina

1997 -1997 Writers-in-Residence Mentor , The Wang Center, Boston, Massachusetts

1995 -2004 Staff, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Sewanee, Tennessee

2017 -To Present Professor and Department Head, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2012 -2015 Associate Professor & Director of Creative Writing, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2015 -2017 Professor and Director of Creative Writing, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2000 -2004 Instructor, Sewanee Young Writers' Conference, Sewanee, Tennessee

Abbreviated Publications


What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw
Putnam, March 2018, forthcoming in paperback June 2018

The New Neighbor
Touchstone/Simon & Schuster (US, UK, and Canada), 2015

Husband and Wife
Harper, 2010
Harper Paperbacks, 2011
Piemme (Italy), 2011

The Myth of You and Me
Shaye Areheart Books, 2005
Random House Audio, 2005
Three Rivers Press (paperback), 2006
Thorndike Press (large print), 2006
Random House Australia, 2006
Edizioni Piemme (italy), 2007
Goldmann Verlog (Germany), 2008
A.W. Bruna (Holland), 2008

Body of a Girl
Viking/Penguin, 2000/01
Piatkus (UK), 2000
Egmont Hjemmets Bokforlag (Norway), 2001
Goldmann Verlog, 2001


“Revelations" in Unknown Elements, Cincinnati Art Museum exhibit, 2015

"Castaways," FiveChapters.com, September 2010

"From The Responsible One," PMS: PoemMemoirStory, 2009

"Soldiers," New Madrid, Summer 2007

"Body Image," Yemassee, Fall 2003

"Lessons in Lying" (with Ellen Slezak), The Journal News, August 2003

"Monopoly," Kenyon Review, April 2000


"On Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood," Normblog, 10 August 2010

"One Author's Journey from Twitter-Clueless to Organizing a 48-Writer Social Media Giveaway," Huffington Post, 7 July 2010

"First and Foremost, a Mom?" NYTimes.com Motherlode blog, 5 May 2010

"Twenty-Something Seeks Same for Friendship," in It's a Wonderful Lie, edited by Emily Franklin, 2007

"How We Worry," in Blindsided by a Diaper, edited by Dana Hilmer, 2007


Review of Ellen Conney's A Private Hotel for Gentle Ladies, News and Observer, 29 January 2006

Review of Kelly Kerney's Born Again, News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), 8 October 2006

Review of Lee Martin's The Bright Forever, News and Observer, 24 July 2005

Review of Pam Houston's Sight Hound, News and Observer, 30 January 2005

Review of Ron Rash's Saints at the River, News and Observer, 8 August 2004

Review of Mary Doria Russell's A Thread of Grace, News and Observer, 6 March 2005

Honors and Awards

2000 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction

2000 Mary Ruffin Poole Award for First Fiction

2009 -2010 Taft Center Fellowship, University of Cincinnati

2010 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship

2008 Taft Summer Research Fellowship

2014 Taft Summer Research Fellowship

2014 Finalist for the Ohioana Award

2014 Sachs Fund Prize

2017 Taft Research Travel Grant

2015 -2016 Choose to Read Ohio Selection

2016 Third Century Pathway B Fellowship

Other Information

Literary Lovers Night Out, 2018
Broward Public Library Literary Feast, 2018
University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Meacham Workshop 2017
Books by the Banks, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018
Southern Festival of the Book, 2015
Ohioana 2013
Buckeye Book Fair 2013
UCF literary festival, 2012
Printers Row Lit Fest, 2010
Associated Writing Programs Conference, 2010, 2012–18
Southern Festival of Books, 2005
University of Michigan MFA 20th Anniversary, 2002
Virginia Festival of the Book, 2001,