Leah Angstman

is creating a novel of 1855 Sacramento Valley

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About Leah Angstman

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.

—Charles Dickens, David Copperfield (1850)

Welcome. I have built this page in order to achieve something few writers ever get to claim: financial security. Virginia Woolf said a woman needs a room of her own and 500 pounds per year. I have the room, but up until now, I assumed the rest of it meant pounds of candy. But if you like my writing, like me as a person, or just want to help me succeed with new ideas, please consider donating as a patron, making a recurring payment of any amount each month to keep me going with my projects. (Think of it this way: Would you buy me a monthly coffee? Donate $2 per month. Would you buy me a cheap shot of well? Donate $4 per month.)

The fact of the matter is that writing is a rocky road. The "arts" are often floundering. Most publications don't pay. Book advances are small and disappear fast. Royalty checks are tiny. A writer can't count on anything stable from month to month. With your help, I can change that uncertainty for myself. And in exchange, you'll get exclusive posts, sneak peeks, beta reads, unpublished work, historical research, and more that only patrons have private access to. This is a way for me to reach my biggest "fans" or audience most intimately, and directly, to share with you my new creations and ideas instantly and personally. It's a way for us to be a community, to engage with one another throughout my process. I love you and appreciate you and want to be close to you: this platform helps us stay connected and engaged, and it lets me reach you on a personal level, and THAT IS AWESOME.

And as much as I hope for financial freedom to be able to create unique work for the rest of my life, I also kinda sorta hope there's pounds of candy in it somewhere, too.

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Patreon is a good, reputable service for ongoing support of creative projects and artists. You pledge an amount, and it is automatically deducted from your card at the beginning of every month. You can cancel or resume at any time, or change your reward tier for the future when you win the lottery. (Pssst! There are reward tiers on the right that come with some awesome stuff!) Patreon takes a small bit for processing, but still, every dollar helps, and it all adds up.


Leah Angstman

is a historian and transplanted Midwesterner, unsure of what feels like home anymore. She is the recent winner of the Loudoun Library Foundation Poetry Award and Nantucket Directory Poetry Award, and is a two-time Top 10 Finalist for the Saluda River Prize for Poetry, judged once by South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Heath Wentworth and once by Ray McManus. Her writing has been a recent placed finalist in the Cowles Poetry Book Prize from Southeast Missouri State University Press, Able Muse Book Award judged by Charles Martin, Bevel Summers Prize for Short Fiction from Washington & Lee University, Pen 2 Paper Writing Competition in both Poetry and Fiction categories, Blue Bonnet Review Poetry Contest, Baltimore Science Fiction Society Poetry Contest, and West Coast Eisteddfod Poetry Competition. She has earned four Pushcart Prize nominations and a Best of the Net nomination. Leah serves as editor-in-chief for Alternating Current Press and The Coil magazine; a fiction and nonfiction reviewer for Publishers Weekly; and a contributing editor, culture writer, and print proofreader for Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, Tupelo Quarterly, Electric Literature, Midwestern Gothic, The Adirondack Review, Atticus Review, Slice Magazine, Pacific Standard, The Maine Review, and Shenandoah. You can find her at leahangstman.com and on social media as @leahangstman.
$51.07 of $60 per month
This amount will pay for one bookfair table at the annual AWP writers conference. This is a place where I can connect with authors, readers, and publishers, and hopefully I'll see you there!

If we reach this goal, I will post a sample chapter of my current work-in-progress and a video of me practicing my reading voice with some new poems or stories.
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