Leland Pitts-Gonzalez

NYFA Artist Fellowship
Credits: Photo by Brian Shumway 2012

Leland's debut novel, The Blood Poetry (Raw Dog Screaming Press), was released in August 2012. Shelf Unbound magazine described it as a "brilliant, brutal assault of a novel." And Grace Krilanovich (author The Orange Eats Creeps) said, "From some forgotten box under Patrick Bateman's bed comes this rat rod of a novel: ragged, supercharged and wildly inappropriate. A Bataille sitcom full of meat and mommies. The main pervert's agony would be harrowing if it didn't also happen to be very funny."

Leland studied Creative Writing and Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University where he discovered the enormous possibilities of poetry, experimentation, and critical theory. He eventually earned an MFA in Writing from Columbia University on a merit fellowship. He has published fiction in Open City, Fence, Dark Sky Magazine, Drunken Boat, and Monkey Bicycle, among other literary journals. He is also the project director of an upcoming literary event series, Phantasmagoria, for which he received fiscal sponsorship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.