Hillary Leftwich is a writer, editor, and teacher living in Denver, CO. She’s an editor at Heavy Feather Review, is the owner at ☿ 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 a finalist for Big Other’s Best Fiction Book of 2019 and voted as one of Entropy’s Best Fiction Books of 2019.
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 several writing awards, including Best of the Net, Best micro-fiction, Wig Leaf’s Longlist, and The Colorado Young Writers Award when she was in high school.
Hillary teaches flash fiction, 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 is a tarot reader with over 20 years of experience focusing on qabalah, astrology, and esoteric tarot, is a member of the American Tarot Association, and studies with Joy Vernon, a world-renowned Tarot reader and teacher. Hillary is an empath, medium, Reiki I/II practitioner, and divination worker centering on herbal, crystal, and candle alchemy.
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 for nonfiction and will be a featured visiting writer at Western Illinois University in 2021. She lives in Colorado with her partner, her son, and their cat, Larry.
*Header and author photo by Jay Halsey