Hillary Leftwich is a writer, editor, and teacher living in Denver, CO. She is the founder and owner of ☿ Al·che·my Author Services & Writing Workshop, teaches writing at Lighthouse Writers, and runs At the Inkwell Denver, a monthly reading series where she strives to create a safe space for all voices to be heard.
She focuses her writing on class struggle, single motherhood, trauma, mental illness, the supernatural, ritual, and the impact of neurological disease.
Most recently, she is the author of Ghosts Are Just Strangers Who Know How to Knock (CCM Press/The Accomplices 2019), which is one of The Accomplices Best Sellers, a finalist for Big Other’s Best Fiction Book of 2019, and voted as one of Entropy’s Best Fiction Books of 2019. Hailed as “arguably the best (title) I’ve encountered this year,” and “(Leftwich) combines surreal fiction, sharply-composed poetry, and taut nonfiction into an unpredictable and compelling whole” by Tobias Carroll at Vol. 1 Brooklyn.
Her hybrid memoir, Aura, will be published by Future Tense Books in February of 2022.
Her writing can be found or is forthcoming in print and online in The Rumpus, Entropy, The Missouri Review, Denver Quarterly, Hobart, Smokelong Quarterly, and others. She has been nominated for numerous writing awards including Wig Leaf’s Longlist, Best Small Fictions, Best of the Net, Best micro-fiction, and The Colorado Young Writers Award.
Hillary teaches flash fiction, prose poetry, hybrid, and vulnerable writing focusing on learning the tools to write about trauma in a safe environment. She is a freelance journalist who focuses on pieces that support her community and the people who create beautiful art and words. She is an advocate for her son and others who live with epilepsy in navigating a world that will never be normal.
She has over 20 years of experience reading Tarot focusing on qabalah, astrology, and esoteric Tarot. She is a member of the American Tarot Association, and studied under Joy Vernon, a world-renowned Tarot reader and teacher. She teaches Tarot and Tarot Writing Workshops focusing on strengthening your divination abilities as well as your writing.
She earned her MFA from the Mile-High MFA at Regis University. She will be attending The Kenyon Review’s Writers Workshop as a scholarship recipient in 2021 and was a featured visiting writer at Western Illinois University in 2020 along with Rebecca Roanhorse and Tiffany Quay Tyson. She lives in Colorado with her partner, her son, and their cat, Larry.
*Header and author photo by Jay Halsey