BIO Stainton Head Shot 2014 2Leslie Stainton is the author of Staging Ground: An American Theater and Its Ghosts (Penn State Press, 2014), a history-memoir about one of America’s most haunted buildings, the Fulton Theatre of Lancaster Pennsylvania.  Her first book, Lorca: A Dream of Life (Bloomsbury, 1998; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999), a biography of the Spanish playwright and poet Federico Garcia Lorca, won the 1999 Society of Midland Authors biography award. With biographer Helen Sheehy, Stainton co-authored the popular On Writers and Writing desk diary series for more than a decade.

Stainton has written essays for the New York Times, Washington Post, The Sun Magazine, American Scholar, Michigan Quarterly Review, River Teeth, and other publications. Her essay “Getting to the Point” appeared in the award-winning anthology Freshwater: Women Writing on the Great Lakes. A two-time Fulbright award recipient, Stainton holds a BA in drama from Franklin and Marshall College and an MFA in dramaturgy from the University of Massachusetts. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she teaches writing at the University of Michigan Residential College and is a past editor of the CASE award–winning Findings magazine for the U-M School of Public Health. Stainton is at work on a book about her slaveholding ancestors, the Scarletts of Georgia. She serves on the board of directors of the Slave Dwelling Project and is a past board member of Coming to the Table.


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