Author Gwen Holt, who often publishes under the pseudonym ‘Leigh Statham’, was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho, found her heart in New York City, and now resides in North Carolina with her four adventure-loving children. She earned her MFA in Young Adult literature from Converse College where she serves as the Managing Fiction Editor at South 85 Journal. She is the recipient of the 2018 James Applewhite Poetry prize ‘honorable mention’ and Southeast Review 2016 Narrative Nonfiction prize.
Gwen recently published her fourth YA novel, Imani Unraveled, with Owl Hollow Press. Her essays, poetry, and short stories can be found in the Remington Review, Southeast Review, North Carolina Literary Review, and several anthologies.