LEAH ANGSTMAN

is a transplanted Midwesterner, unsure of what feels like home anymore. She has served as editor-in-chief of Alternating Current for two decades, bringing over 200 books by independent authors and poets into the small press. She writes historical fiction, poetry, and plays; has had 20 chapbooks published; and has earned two Pushcart Prize nominations. Recently, she won the 2013 Nantucket Directory Poetry Contest and took honorable mentions in the 2013 Bevel Summers Prize for Short Fiction (Washington & Lee University), the 2013 Baltimore Science Fiction Society Poetry Contest, and the 2013 West Coast Eisteddfod Poetry Competition. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Los Angeles Review of Books, Tupelo Quarterly, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Midwestern Gothic, Winter Tangerine Review, and Shenandoah: The Washington & Lee University Review.



Leah was raised in a small farming town in Michigan, and spent most of her life in East Lansing, Detroit, Seattle, Boston, and San Francisco, among various other places.

Leah has run an independent press publishing company, Alternating Current, since 1993; an underground record label, Not Really Records, since 1997; and an online archive of independent zines and small press books, Izla, since 2006. In addition to this, she pursues her other hobbies of performing, singing, and directing musical theater, researching history, painting with acrylics, drawing with charcoal, burying her nose in comic books, jamming out to Bruce Springsteen, and consuming far too much coffee. 

Leah studied theater, musical theater, Shakespeare, English and American Literature, history, and creative writing on a full-ride liberal arts scholarship. She also taught poetry classes in community colleges and directed theater all over the country. Active in politics, she began Lansing- and Detroit-area chapters of Anti-Racist Action, Amnesty International, and Food Not Bombs.  She has also volunteered her time for many art organizations, including The Otherwise Gallery in Lansing; the Mason Art Guild in Mason, Michigan; Ignition NW in Seattle; the Inman Square Business Association in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and the online Neo Gallery; as well as previously holding the Arts and Entertainment Editor position for the Lansing newspaper, The Lookout. The Lansing-based No Day Job Theater Co. was started by Leah in 2001, and had over 100 sold-out performances before it closed its doors to reopen as a traveling theater company, That Other Theater Co.

Leah has had 19 print chapbooks of her work published, along with one play script, one split experimental-poetry chapbook with poet Mark Sonnenfeld, one Pushcart Prize-nominated broadside, and one electronic chapbook. She currently has two historical fiction novels and one poetry collection awaiting publication, and many more novels and collections in the works for future publication.