Leslie Brody (Playwrights' Center Jerome Fellow, 1983) was in the first cohort to be selected from outside Minnesota. Her literary awards include a Dayton Hudson Travel Grant for Literary Criticism, a McKnight Fellowship for screenwriting, and a Sundance Fellowship, as well as residencies at Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and the Jerome Foundation's artist's center in Camargo, France. In addition to her work in theater she has published widely in arts journalism (including a stint as staff book columnist for Elle Magazine). Brody has three books, Irrepressible: The Life and Times of Jessica Mitford, Red Star Sister, (for which she received a PEN USA Award for Best Creative Nonfiction), and a collection of essays, A Motel of The Mind, written with her husband and former Playwrights' Center Jerome Fellow Gary Amdahl. She completed a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing at the University of Connecticut and is currently the Chair of the Creative Writing Department at the University of Redlands, in California.
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