Becker, Leslee 1945–

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Becker, Leslee 1945–

PERSONAL: Born May 10, 1945, in Plattsburgh, NY. Education: State University of New York College at Cortland, B.A., 1966; University of Vermont, M.A. (English), 1972; Hollins College, M.A. (English and creative writing), 1980; University of Iowa, M.F.A., 1984.

ADDRESSES: HomeFort Collins, CO. Office—Department of English, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523; fax: 970-491-5601. E-mail—leslee. [email protected].

CAREER: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, assistant professor, 1990–96, associate professor, beginning 1996, currently professor of English, director of Creative Writing Program, 1998–2000. Stanford University, Jones Lecturer in Fiction, 1987–90; gives readings at conferences, universities, and other venues.

AWARDS, HONORS: Wallace Stegner writing fellowship, Stanford University, 1984; literary award in fiction, Iowa Arts Council, 1987; fiction awards, Santa Clara County Arts Council, 1990, and Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, 1992, for short story collection; fellow, Rocky Mountain Women's Institute, 1992–93; scholar, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, 1995; award for short fiction, Mid-List Press, 1995; first place award, Phoebe fiction contest, 1996; senior fellow in literature, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, 1997; Tennessee Williams scholar in fiction, Sewanee Writers' Conference, 1999; numerous writing residencies include time spent at Yaddo, MacDowell, Djerassi Foundation, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Blue Mountain Center, Ucross Foundation, Fundación Valparaiso in Spain, Hawthornden International Writers' Retreat in Scotland, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Hedgebrook Writers' Retreat.


The Sincere Café (short stories), Mid-List Press (Minneapolis, MN), 1996.

Work represented in anthologies, including The Uncommon Touch, 1989; Contemporary West Coast Stories, 1993; Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos, 2002; and Dorothy Parker's Elbow. Contributor of short stories and articles to periodicals, including Atlantic, Epoch, New England Review, Fourteen Hills, Ploughshares, Gettysburg Review, Sonora Review, River Styx, New Letters, and Nimrod.