Leah Angstman

Leah Angstman is Founder and Editor-in-Chief and gives final editing approval for all work passing across Alternating Current’s desk, but she does not answer general emails or read submissions.

Leah is a historian and transplanted Midwesterner, unsure of what feels like home anymore. She is the recent winner of the Loudoun Library Foundation Poetry Award and Nantucket Directory Poetry Award, and is a two-time Top 10 Finalist for the Saluda River Prize for Poetry, judged once by South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Heath Wentworth and once by Ray McManus. Her writing has been a recent placed finalist in the Cowles Poetry Book Prize from Southeast Missouri State University Press, Able Muse Book Award judged by Charles Martin, Bevel Summers Prize for Short Fiction from Washington & Lee University, Pen 2 Paper Writing Competition in both Poetry and Fiction categories, Blue Bonnet Review Poetry Contest, Baltimore Science Fiction Society Poetry Contest, and West Coast Eisteddfod Poetry Competition. She has earned four Pushcart Prize nominations and a Best of the Net nomination. Leah serves as editor-in-chief for Alternating Current Press and The Coil magazine; a fiction and nonfiction reviewer for Publishers Weekly; and a contributing editor, culture writer, and print proofreader for Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, Tupelo Quarterly, Electric Literature, Midwestern Gothic, The Adirondack Review, Atticus Review, Slice Magazine, Pacific Standard, The Maine Review, and Shenandoah. You can find her at and on social media as @leahangstman.