Leslie Schwartz has written two award-winning novels, Jumping the Green and Angels Crest. and a memoir, The Lost Chapters; Finding Recovery and Renewal One Book at a Time. She won the James Jones Award for best first novel for Jumping the Green and was named Kalliope Magazine’s Woman Writer of the Year. She has also been the recipient of many awards, including three artist-in-residence grants from the L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs, the West Hollywood/Algonquin Award for Public Service in the Arts, and a California Council for the Humanities Fellowship. Her two novels have been translated into 13 languages. Angels Crest was also adapted for the screen and premiered in theaters under the same name. Her essays and articles have most recently appeared in Salon, LitHub, The Rumpus, Brevity, The Washington Post, Great Weather for Media, Pithead Chapel, Narratively Speaking and Dark Matter Women Witnessing. She has taught writing at various universities and creative institutions, and currently offers private mentoring and editing services. Schwartz holds an M.F.A. in Writing and is at work on her fourth book, a novel. For the past three years she has also been working on a project that includes digital media, an art installation and writings on silence, nature and creativity. She lives in Iceland, and in a remote cabin in Mt. Hood, Oregon and is the founder of List og Land, an International Artists and Writers Residency in the Westfjords of Iceland.