Biographical Statement

Savanna Scott Leslie writes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Her work has appeared in Canadian Scottish, and US publications such as NōD Magazine, The Maynard, Canthius, Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA), the UC Review, the Quarterday Review, the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities' Dangerous Women Project, and Ponder Review. She has an honours bachelor of arts in philosophy and Russian literature from the University of Toronto as well as a graduate certificate in publishing from Ryerson University. Savanna was nominated for the Rosemary Shipton Award for book editing and received the Uxbridge Times-Journal award for creative writing. She is currently earning a master's degree in creative writing from the University of Edinburgh.


Selected Publications


"Family." Ponder Review. Vol. 2, Issue 1. Forthcoming.
"Hell." NōD Magazine. Issue 22. January 2018.
"Before the Morning After." The UC Review. Spring 2017.
"Flight from the Capital." The Polymath Review. Vol. 1, Issue 2. January 2017.
"Magical Girl." Quail Bell Magazine. October 6, 2016. QuailBellMagazine.com.
"Proving You Didn't Want It." Canthius. July 8, 2016. Canthius.com.

"Judith." The Maynard. Vol. 10, Issue 2. Fall 2017. TheMaynard.org.
"An Education." The Dangerous Women Project. Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. October 21, 2016. DangerousWomenProject.org.
"In a Clearing by a Cliff," "The Cold Sets In," and "Baling It Up." The Quarterday Review. Vol. 2, Issue 4. October 2016.

"An Interview with Jonathan Ball." Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA). November 20, 2015. CWILA.com.
"En conversation avec Catherine Lalonde, responsable du cahier Livres au Devoir." Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA). April 28, 2015. CWILA.com.
"An Interview with Lily Poritz Miller." Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA). October 24, 2014. CWILA.com.
"An Interview with Jillian and Mariko Tamaki." Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA). May 16, 2014. CWILA.com.
"An Interview with Catherine Bush." Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA). February 28, 2014. CWILA.com.
"An Interview with Carole Gerson." Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA). December 20, 2013. CWILA.com.
"An Interview with Tamara Faith Berger." Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA). September 6, 2013. CWILA.com.
"An Interview with Mark Medley, Books Editor at the National Post." Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA). July 5, 2013. CWILA.com.
"An Interview with Rachel Giese, Senior Editor at The Walrus." Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA). July 5, 2013. CWILA.com.

"The Nitpicker's Nook" (Column). BoldFace: The Editors Toronto Blog. December 2015–September 2016.
“Contributors’ Spotlight.” ANOKHI Magazine. Vol. 12, Issue 3. Summer 2013.


Creative Writing Interests

  • short stories
  • novels
  • flash fiction
  • graphic novels
  • literary journalism
  • speculative fiction


Courses and Seminars

  • Elements of Fiction II (graduate course)
  • Literary Studies of Fiction II (graduate course)
  • Elements of Fiction I (graduate course)
  • Literary Studies of Fiction I (graduate course)
  • The Golden Age of Russian Literature
  • Tolstoy
  • Gogol
  • Issues in Aesthetics
  • Responsible Writing and Editing about Sexual Violence
  • That Crepuscular Light: Metaphors and Their Hazards
  • How to Be a Happy Writer
  • The Real Story Behind Business Writing
  • No Longer Business as Usual: Copyright Issues in e-Merging Methods and Markets
  • Our Changing Language: When Does Wrong Become Right?
  • Tabula Rasa: Setting Content Free with Tablet Magazines

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"I was impressed with Savanna's level of preparation, her careful reading of literary work, and her passion for all things literary."

—Andrea Bennett, National Magazine Award–winning writer