Welcoming The Storm

Yes! It was 24 degrees Fahrenheit in Madison when I arrived last Friday. And it snowed two inches on the first day of April!! Mamma mia! In Chicago, the cold rain chilled all exposed parts. In Wisconsin, the wind felt Arctic! But the storm is also a metaphor: I have been performing THE MAN WITH EIGHT PAIRS…

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Leslie Kirk Campbell Recommends… in Poets & Writers

“I remember the dramatic moments that nearly stopped me as I wrote my first story collection. After a tough manuscript review with a top-notch editor, I dove, seemingly irretrievably, into deep despair. I lost belief in myself. I mean, it was bad. Days dragged into weeks, my desk uninhabited. Then one day, I went and…

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Calm Before the Storm

THE BOOK TOUR:  Well, the rubber really did hit the road. I did six book events in February. I have seven book events in March. Five in April. And I just found out I will be presenting on a featured fiction panel during the Bay Area Book Festival the first week of May! My book…

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Exhaustion & Gratitude

On this day, the day before the public launch of my book, this is how I feel. Exhausted after juggling dozens of balls in the air for months – details, people, dates, queries, correspondences, posts, promotions – and grateful for the many incredible people I have met along the way, which includes, most recently, reviewers and event…

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When the Rubber Hits the Road (Almost)

I am freaking out over here. To say that this has been a long time coming is an understatement. I read my poems at public readings in the late 70s, produced a couple of short plays in the mid-80s. A single mother with an eight-year-old, I published Journey into Motherhood: Writing Your Way to Self-Discovery in 1996 followed…

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December 30, 2021 – Article by Vanessa Hua in SF Chronicle Datebook

Excerpt from article ‘Bay Area authors share their rituals for celebrating New Year’s Eve and beyond’ “For Leslie Kirk Campbell, ‘the season of the longest nights — winter solstice and the end of the calendar year’ — she organizes her study and clears away clutter, until her workspace represents her writing priorities for the coming…

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Location, Location, Location

Louis Macouillard

Mariam likes to get up before Cedric, just as the world is taking shape, and stroll in her nightgown and robe through their newly-built home on Novato Ridge – her Shangri-La. Oh, how they soothe her, these rolling hills that stretch north and west beyond the tidy housing development – like a pride of sleeping…

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