Leah Schnelbach is a staff writer for Tor.com and the Fiction Editor of No Tokens journal. Her fiction appears in Volume 1 Brooklyn, Madcap Review, The Boiler, Anamesa, and Lumina (where her story, “Bracelet,“ received an Honorable Mention in Lumina’s 2013 Fiction Contest, judged by George Saunders), and her criticism has appeared in Speculative Fiction 2015, The Crooked Timber Symposium, and Electric Literature.
In 2017 Leah attended the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop, where she studied with Naomi Jackson, author of The Star Side of Bird Hill. Leah is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College’s MFA Program in Fiction, where she worked with Brian Morton, Joan Silber, Nelly Reifler, and David Hollander. While at Sarah Lawrence she served as Assistant Fiction Editor for Lumina, led writing workshops for middle schoolers in Queens and high schoolers on the Lower East Side, taught an after-school comics workshop in Harlem, and inaugurated a walking tour of New York’s independent book shops for incoming SLC MFA students.
In previous lives Leah has worked with the Center for Independent Publishing, co-directed the Education Department for the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, received an M.A. in Religious Studies from NYU, and written serious academic papers on Harry Potter’s place in the literary canon while earning a B.A. from New College of Florida.
She lives in Manhattan with her partner and large collection of neuroses. Turn-ons include redheads, good espresso, and the Oxford comma. Turn-offs include Objectivism, snoring, and the death of the author.