Leah Hampton writes about Appalachia, corpses, rurality, and smart women. Her debut collection, F*ckface and Other Stories, will be released by Henry Holt in May 2020. She is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers and a former editor of Bat City Review. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains.


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Recent Work:

  • Meat,” Electric Literature/Recommended Reading, Issue 379
  • “Parkway,” Ecotone Issue 26
  • Read “Fuckface,” the title story from her forthcoming book, at storySouth
  • For a good time, go to Leah’s author page on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency to read some of her comedic pieces.
  • For more stories, essays, and poems, see also Appalachian Heritage, North Carolina Literary Review, Still: The Journal, and elsewhere
  • Also, book reviews in The Los Angeles Times (here and here) and other nice places


  • Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing, Stadler Center for Poetry and Literary Arts, Spring 2020
  • Keene Prize for Literature, University of Texas at Austin, 2017
  • Fellowship, Michener Center for Writers
  • James Hurst Prize for Fiction, NC State University, 2015
  • Doris Betts Prize for Short Fiction, North Carolina Writers Network, 2012
  • Western NC Regional Arts Project Grant
  • Funded residencies/scholarships to Hedgebrook, Adirondack Center for Writing, Vermont Studio Center, Wildacres Retreat, Appalachian Writers Workshop

Represented by Julia Kenny at Dunow, Carlson, & Lerner Literary Agency.