Leone Ross

Leone Ross is a novelist, short story writer, editor and lecturer in fiction writing. She was born in England and grew up in Jamaica. Her first novel, All The Blood Is Red was published by Angela Royal Publishing in 1996 and translated into French. The novel was long listed for the Orange Prize in 1997. Her second critically acclaimed novel, Orange Laughter was published in the UK by Anchor Press, in the USA by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Picador USA and in France by Actes Sud.

In 2000 Leone was the recipient of an Arts Council of England Writers Award. She has represented the British Council, in the USA, South Korea, Slovakia, Romania, Sweden and across the UK. In 2004, June Sarpong named Orange Laughter her favourite novel on the BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour Watershed Fiction competition.In 2010, Wasafiri magazine put Orange Laughter on its 25 Most Influential Books list. In 2013, her short story collection, Lipstick, Lighters, Pens & Porn [now Come Let Us Sing Anyway] was shortlisted for Salt Publishing's Scott Prize. Her work was shortlisted for the VS Pritchett Award. In 2015, Leone was one of three judges for the Manchester Prize for Fiction. She also judges the Wimbledon Bookfest Short Story Prize. 

Ross has worked at Cardiff University, as British Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, in adult education at the City Literary Institute London and with the UK Arvon Foundation. She is presently Senior Lecturer in the Creative Writing department at Roehampton University in London. Leone Ross's most recent stories are 'The Mullerian Eminence', published in Closure: Black British Contemporary Writing (ed: Jacob Ross/Peepal Tree-Inscribe, 2015) and limited edition chapbook, The Woman Who Lived in A Restaurant (Nightjar Press, 2015). She has also published an essay, 'How To Write Weird Shit/Magic Realism' in The Art of the Novel (ed: Nicholas Royle/Salt, 2015). 

Ross's short fiction and essays have been widely anthologized, including the Brown Sugarerotica series (Dutton/Plume) which zoomed to number three on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller's List. Other US collections include The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (St Martin's Press 2001) and Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora (Warner 2000) which was named the New York Times Notable Book 2000, the Washington Post Editor's Choice 2001 and the US Black Writers Alliance Gold Pen Award Winner for Best Anthology. She has also published short fiction in Australia and Slovakia. 


Ross co-edited the award-winning Whispers in The Walls: New Black and Asian Writing from Birmingham (Tindal Street Press, 2002)‚Äč. The collection was placed in the World Book Day Top Ten 2003 and won a West Midlands Arts Diversity award. Her most recent editorship is Roehampton University's upcoming fourth anthology by Fincham Press, If Water Had A Keyboard. She has edited three collections for Fincham Press: Purple Lights (2016) Screams and Silences (2015) and The Trouble With Parallel Universes (2013). 

Prior to publishing fiction, Ross worked as a journalist and editor for 14 years. She held the post of Arts Editor at The Voice newspaper, Women’s Editor at The New Nationnewspaper, and was transitional Editor for Pride magazine. She also held the position of Deputy Editor at Sibyl, a 90s feminist magazine. She has written freelance articles for The Independent on Sunday and The Guardian newspapers, Company and Marie Clairemagazines and worked for London Weekend Television and the BBC.

Her first short story collection, Come Let Us Sing Anyway, was published in June 2017 by Peepal Tree Press.