• “Angstman reveals herself as a brave new voice in historical fiction that speaks to the present, recalling the bold spirits and cultural upheavals of a nation yet to be born.”
    —Taylor Brown, author of The River of Kings
  • “The kind of historical writing that evokes its time and place so vividly that the effect is just shy of hallucinogenic. I enjoyed it immensely.”
    —Scott Phillips, author of The Ice Harvest
  • “Watching Angstman’s willful protagonist openly challenge the brutal world of 17th-Century New England, with its limiting ideas about gender, race, and science, was a delight.”
    —Aline Ohanesian, author of Orhan’s Inheritance
  • “Angstman is a gifted storyteller with a poet’s sense of both beauty and darkness, and her stunning historical novel establishes her as one of the most exciting young novelists in the country.”
    —Ashley Shelby, author of South Pole Station
  • “Angstman’s eye is keen, and her ability to transport you into America’s beginnings is powerful. With the raw ingredients of history, she creates a story both dashing and pensive, robust yet believable.”
    —Eric Shonkwiler, author of Above All Men
  • “Leah’s work spans diverse terrain and unearths moments and figures from our past in a unique, modern light.”
    —Lynn Alexander, author of Flesh Made Widow
  • “Leah’s writing is part enthralling daydream, part history lesson. Digging into the past, we relive our struggles and our battles through her words.”
    —J. Lewis Fleming, author of The Bones of Saints Under Glass
  • “An excellent example of fine poems, each one, a panel falling into the next panel: poem for poem they belong to each other. Leah goes to the winner’s circle!”
    Heeltap Book Reviews
  • “We’ve never read a book of Leah’s that wasn’t worth ten times the cover price, with each piece shooting dead into the bullseye. Vast talent, polished, power-packed, primed to detonate.”
    Nibble Reviews
  • “Leah is a writer par excellence, and her pen captures everyday people and places with a striking clarity. Captivating and honest, truly the work of a very gifted writer.”
    Nightwaves Reviews
  • “Leah is an excellent poet. I love her voice and her style. Her writing blew me out of my seat.”
    —Julie Buffaloe-Yoder, author of Price Reduced Again
  • “Angstman plunges readers into a brilliantly realized historical milieu peopled by characters real enough to touch. A compulsive, vivid read to change the way you look at the origins of our country.”
    —Ashley Shelby, author of South Pole Station
  • “One disaster after another spilling out in the most interesting and perverse ways: brilliant, Ms. Angstman, just brilliant.”
    Poet Hound Reviews
  • “Angstman’s work never disappoints me; her language is vivid—always—and crisp.”
    Xerography Debt
  • “Angstman’s lines are sharp and sweet. Her words are a soulful elegy to the timeless half-world available everywhere between flights.”
    Denver Examiner
  • “Angstman is comfortable living among words and images, as if she’s playing with old friends within her pages, frolicking and reveling, even when their games turn gravely serious.”
    Indie Book Man
  • “Leah has what I would call creative courage, balancing biting commentary with subtle and striking observations on life in general.”
    What to Wear During an Orange Alert
  • “Angstman paces her rhythms perfectly and creates stories like deep, glistening pools you stumble across in the middle of a lonely wood, unable to resist the urge to dive right in.”
    Nibble Reviews
  • “Leah goes to the edge of inventing language patterns that disrupt our normal constructions. But there is also a thread of quite elegant lyricism running throughout the dark forest of brute trees.”
    Boston Area Small Press & Poetry Scene
  • “I have found me a new writer to enjoy. The honesty with which a life is examined in Leah’s books has value—in her writing, the reality of emotion almost rudely bumps the language up into song.”
    The Time Garden
  • “Angstman has the capacity to describe scenes with flair. The palpable voice persists through shades and nuances of tenor, motion, estrangement, experience, and acceptance.”
    The Nondisenchanted Foreshore
  • “Always the right word for the right moment, emphasis precisely placed, graphic by turns but compassionate. Angstman’s words are daring and show a precision that’s hard to find.”
    Xerography Debt
  • “Leah’s work is wonderfully human, wise, compassionate without becoming sentimental, and infused with modern toughness brought about through experience, both painful and joyous.”
    Fearless Magazine


Leah Angstman is a historian and transplanted Midwesterner, unsure of what feels like home anymore. She is the recent winner of the Loudoun Library Foundation Poetry Award and Nantucket Directory Poetry Award, and is a two-time Top 10 Finalist for the Saluda River Prize for Poetry, judged once by South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Heath Wentworth and once by Ray McManus. Her writing has been a recent placed finalist in the Cowles Poetry Book Prize from Southeast Missouri State University Press, Able Muse Book Award, Bevel Summers Prize for Short Fiction from Washington & Lee University, Pen 2 Paper Writing Competition in both Poetry and Fiction categories, Blue Bonnet Review Poetry Contest, Baltimore Science Fiction Society Poetry Contest, and West Coast Eisteddfod Poetry Competition. She has earned three Pushcart Prize nominations and a Best of the Net nomination, and serves as Editor-in-Chief for Alternating Current Press and a fiction and nonfiction reviewer for Publishers Weekly. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, Tupelo Quarterly, Electric Literature, Midwestern Gothic, The Adirondack Review, Atticus Review, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Slice Magazine, and Shenandoah. You can find her on social media as @leahangstman.


Archival Libraries
Some of Leah’s chapbooks, pamphlets, zines, and archived writings prior to 1993 can be found at the University of Buffalo Special Collections Poetry Library HERE, the Roberts Street Social Centre Anchor Archive Zine Library in Halifax, Novia Scotia, Canada, HERE, the Papercut Zine Library HERE, the Ohio State University Rare Books and Manuscripts Library as part of The Jim Leftwich Papers HERE, the Civic Media Center in Gainesville, Florida HERE, the Denver Zine Library HERE, the Pew Learning Center and Ellison Library of Warren Wilson College, Asheville, North Carolina HERE, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Special Library Collections HERE.