Leni Zumas

2023 Workshop Faculty

Leni Zumas was a finalist for the 2021 John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. Her bestselling novel RED CLOCKS won the 2019 Oregon Book Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction and the Neukom Award for Speculative Fiction. The novel was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and was named a Best Book of 2018 by The Atlantic, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Entropy, and the New York Public Library. Vulture called it one of the 100 Most Important Books of the 21st Century So Far.

Zumas is also the author of FAREWELL NAVIGATOR: STORIES (2008) and the novel THE LISTENERS (2012). Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, Granta, Guernica, The Cut, Tin House, and elsewhere. She has received grants and fellowships from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Zumas lives in Oregon and teaches in the creative writing program at Portland State University. Her first name rhymes with “rainy.”

Leni Zumas will offer a fiction workshop and a craft session, Writing What We Don’t Know, as well as an evening reading followed by Q&A.