Leni Zumas, M.F.A.

Associate Professor
Director, Creative Writing Program

Stratford Hall Room 304

B.A. 1994, Brown University
M.F.A. 2004, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

On the PSU faculty since 2011



Fiction, fiction writing, 20th- and 21st-century literature, hybrid literary forms.


Leni Zumas’s novel Red Clocks was a New York Times Editors' Choice and a 2018 Indie Next pick. She is also the author of Farewell Navigator: Stories and the novel The Listeners, a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Zumas's essays and fiction have appeared in Granta, The Cut, Portland Monthly, The Sunday Times (UK), and elsewhere. She has received grants and fellowships from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.


Red Clocks (Little, Brown, 2018)
The Listeners (Tin House, 2012)
Farewell Navigator: Stories (Open City, 2008)