History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.
— James Joyce, Ulysses
 
 

Hello. My name is Lela. I was born in Los Alamos, same as the atomic bomb. I write things. 

Here's how I prove I know how to write things, if anybody asks. I have a B.F.A in Screenwriting from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from The University of Arizona. But if anyone asks you to prove you know how to write things, and they're using education as the only/main standard to judge you, they are probably full of shit. When the writing is good, it doesn't matter how it came.

That said, I think learning is generally good and valuable, and I love that I get to teach what I've learned about writing at The Writers Studio.

I don't submit my work as much as my should, but my writing has nonetheless been published in GertrudeTrouble in the Heartland, Essay Daily.

You can read more things I've written on my food writing site: Bone & All. I started the site because I love to eat, and I love to think about what I'm eating and why and how it ended up on my plate, I love to think about it and write about it and shine a light on other people who love the way I love.

I used to work for a very cool and excellent film fest called Rooftop Films, and they still let me help them pick the movies they show, which is so weird and fun and great.

I'm working on the final draft of a novel that contains the sum total of everything I am and have been up to this point, which is an exhausting, terrifying, exhilarating relief.

I live in the Lost Barrio of Tucson, AZ with my wife Bree and two cats, Mae West and Bitten.