Leslie writes about motherhood, mental illness, grief, houses/homes, architecture and design. She drives a deep interest in place and how that shapes us, as well as the interstitial connection of family, dysfunction, and the symmetry and parallels of nature.


The Emotional Weight of Space: Symmetry in Chaos, Levitate Magazine, spring 2022.

An essay about being a book ambassador, women writers, and displacement, Moms Don’t Have Time to Write. 

In Conversation with Sabine Hossenfelder, author of Existential Physics, (Viking, August 9 2022), Hippocampus Magazine. 

An essay-in-review featuring Kristine Langley Mahler’s “Curing Season: Artifacts” (University of West Virginia Press, October 2022), Brevity Magazine

Recently Published

In Conversation with Marie Myung-Ok Lee, author of THE EVENING HERO (Simon & Schuster, May 2022), The Millions, May 19, 2022.

The Midwessay: Fragmented Thoughts on Being a Missouri Girl in ‘the north,’ Essay Daily, May 9, 2022. 

In Conversation with Maud Newton, author of ANCESTOR TROUBLE: A Reckoning and Reconciliation (Random House, March 29, 2022), Hippocampus Magazine, May 2022.

In Conversation with Kim Adrian, author of The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet, The Florida Review, spring 2022.

Breaking Ground, The Tiny Journal, April 2022.

Making Space: Cicadas & My Mother, ANMLY, April 2022. 

The Rural Hours (#37)The Visual Verse Anthology, March 2022.

In conversation with Mary Laura Philpott, author of BOMB SHELTER: A Memoir in Essays (Atria, April 2022) Hippocampus Magazine, March 2022. 

In conversation with Siri Hustvedt, author of MOTHERS, FATHERS, & OTHERS (Simon & Schuster, December 2021), The Rumpus, early spring 2022. 

Nickels on Eyes, Flash Frog Literary

In conversation with Dr. Galit Atlas, author of EMOTIONAL INHERITANCE (Little, Brown Spark, January 25 2022), Hippocampus Magazine

“A Conversation with Donald Antrim, author of ONE FRIDAY IN APRIL: A Story of Suicide & Survival, Hippocampus Magazine.

A Conversation with Laraine Herring, author of A CONSTELLATION OF GHOSTS: A Speculative Memoir,” Hippocampus Magazine.

“Baby Jars,” Agapanthus Collective

“Thresholds,” A Door = Jar Literary Magazine 

SPEAKING OF APRAXIA: A Parents’ Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech, audio edition, narrated by author, Penguin Random House July 6


“Saying Good-bye to Childhood One Book at a Time,” Literary Mama 

Local Woman Writing: A Walking Tour with Mary Kubica, Women Fiction Writers

“Navigating Choppy Waters,” Moms Don’t Have Time to Write: Travel 

Fourteen, Mutha Magazine 

“A Reading List of Memoirs on Motherhood & Mental Illness,” The Mighty. 

“Reading to Write: Leslie Lindsay on the Long Journey to her Memoir,” Read Her Like an Open Book.

“Disinheriting Madness & Other Traits,” Runs in the Family|Psychology Today.

“My Mother’s House,” Semicolon Literary Journal.

Snapshots: The Old Farmhouse. The Family Narrative Project.

Suite of Poetry: “My Mother’s Madness.” Coffin Bell Journal, Vol. 3. No. 3.

“Material That Matters,” Brave Voices Literary Magazine, No. 4. [Print only. Reprinted here]

Reader’s Response. Poets & Writers Magazine September/October 2019 [Print Only].

“Children, Caution,” Cleaver Magazine. Issue 24.

“Phantom Tears.” Ruminate: The Waking. 

“Material, Pithead Chapel. Vol. 7, Issue 5.

Pretentious Backside. Common Ground Review, Vol. 19, Issue 2. Visit website 

“Is Writing a Memoir Automatically Therapeutic?” A Craft Essay on Writing about Mental Illness. Cleaver Magazine.

“My Mother is Crazy.” Manifest-Station.

“Sorting.” The Nervous Breakdown.


Speaking of Apraxia: A Parents’ Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech, updated, 2nd edition. Woodbine House, 2020.

Also available in audio.

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MODEL HOME: A Memoir of Motherhood, Madness & Memory


MINIATURE ETERNITIES: Hybrid work of interlinked stories featuring family history, the parallels of nature, mental health, motherhood, grief, and architecture, along with historical aspects including The Great Depression; hovering between speculation, folklore, and lyric prose. 

Contact: Murray Weiss|Catalyst Literary Management

murray (at) catalystlit. com