Leni Zumas

Website of the writer Leni Zumas


recent work

"That," a short story, in Granta

"The Moraine," a short story, in Portland Monthly

"Heteronormativity is the Ultimate Karaoke: An Interview w/ Chelsey Johnson," in Tin House

A Mother's Day essay in Sunday Times Style UK

"Maybe There's Nothing Natural About Motherhood," an essay in The Cut

"The Mender," an excerpt from RED CLOCKS, in Lenny Letter

"She Was Warned," an excerpt from RED CLOCKS, in Tin House

"Voss, Bree, Fend, Light," an essay on shame, debris, & Betsy DeVos, in The Elephants

"Doors," a story made of language found on Nextdoor.com, in The Collagist

From the Archives

"Tunnels," City of Weird: 30 Otherworldly Portland Tales, Forest Ave Press

The story “Tell Them to Breathe,” Two Serious Ladies

A Wooden Leg, a novel in 64 cards (with Luca Dipierro)

Until I Find It, a graphic novelette (with Luca Dipierro)

I made a playlist of D.C. hardcore/punk/emo from the 80s and 90s, in honor of my hometown music scene's (sideways) influence on THE LISTENERS, for Tin House's Guest DJ Series.

“White Serjeant,” a story about (among other things) a W.A.S.P. song, in the anthology Hair Lit, Vol. 1, edited by Nick Ostdick, Orange Alert Press

An Account of My Death in the Mountains,” matchbook

“Notes for a Study of Water Death," Knee-Jerk Offline, Vol. 2

“Dragons May Be the Way Forward," They're At It Again: Stories from Twenty Years of Open City 

"Your Spelling Book Has Fallen into My Hands," Route 9

A playlist for Farewell Navigator at Largehearted Boy