About

leahdeforestI’m a Boston-based Australian writer whose career highlights include stuffing chickens, writing newspaper headlines and proofreading The Annotated U.S. Constitution.

In 2015 I was longlisted for the inaugural Richell prize for emerging writers. My novel, The Borrowed River, was highly commended in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript 2013 and shortlisted for the Varuna Publisher Fellowship Program 2013. My short story, ‘The Bright Day’, was honourably mentioned in the 2012 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition.

My work has been published in The Age, The Canberra Times, Kill Your Darlings, Eureka Street and Overland. I’ve worked as a journalist, book reviewer, columnist, speech writer, and proofreader (for Harvard University Press).

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