Leni Zumas

Website of the writer Leni Zumas

 

recent publications


"Heteronormativity is the Ultimate Karaoke: Interview with Chelsey Johnson," 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

 NEWTONVILLE BOOKS NEWTON, MA JUNE 20, 2018

NEWTONVILLE BOOKS
NEWTON, MA
JUNE 20, 2018

 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL BROOKLYN, NY SEPTEMBER 16, 2018

BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL
BROOKLYN, NY
SEPTEMBER 16, 2018

 JUNIPER INSTITUTE AMHERST, MA JUNE 21, 2018

JUNIPER INSTITUTE
AMHERST, MA
JUNE 21, 2018

 ALL TOGETHER NOW WATERFORD, IRELAND AUG 3-5, 2018

ALL TOGETHER NOW
WATERFORD, IRELAND
AUG 3-5, 2018

 FESTIVAL AMERICA VINCENNES, FRANCE SEPT 20-23, 2018

FESTIVAL AMERICA
VINCENNES, FRANCE
SEPT 20-23, 2018

 THE MAGIC BARREL CORVALLIS, OR OCTOBER 19, 2018

THE MAGIC BARREL
CORVALLIS, OR
OCTOBER 19, 2018

 EDINBURGH FESTIVAL EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND AUGUST 22, 2018

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
AUGUST 22, 2018

 WINTERNACHTEN FESTIVAL THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS JANUARY 17-20, 2019

WINTERNACHTEN FESTIVAL
THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS
JANUARY 17-20, 2019