Leslie Rodd

Leslie Rodd

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A fiction writer and recently retired public librarian, Leslie Rodd graduated from the San Francisco State University (SFSU) Creative Writing Program in 1990 with an M.A., and holds degrees in English (B.A. 1971) and Library Science (M.A. 1974) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Leslie Rodd spent her professional life promoting books and reading to all manner and ages of people, from children to the elderly, from the Braille-reading blind to the barely literate sharecropper in the library literacy programs and the prostitutes in county jails, and became a writer working on her craft on Saturday mornings. It is only in early retirement that she has had time to devote quality time to fiction writing.

Leslie has won The Wilner Award for Excellence in Fiction from SFSU and The Hackney Award for Short Fiction from Birmingham Southern University, and her novel, Good Mother Lizard, was a quarterfinalist for the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. She has had fiction published in Transfer Magazine (SFSU), The Sun Magazine, and Cyanosis.

"The Philosophers Club" is part of a work-in-progress, a linked short story collection about a blind jazz musician.

Contributions by Leslie Rodd

Fall 2010 Issue

The Philosophers Club

First Prize, 2010 Literal Latte Fiction Award.
In the shadows of early afternoon, on a day of breakthroughs, I’m standing with Smitty and Sonya in front of the Kansas Asylum for the Insane in Topeka, where we’ve come to visit Monica. It’s June, 1940. We graduated from high school last week — our ceremony cancelled because of the tragedy — and already we’re feeling old.

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