Leanne Grabel, M.Ed., is a writer, illustrator, performer & special education teacher (almost retired). Currently, Grabel is teaching graphic flash memoir to adults in several arts centers and retirement communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. In love with mixing genres, Grabel has written & produced numerous spoken-word multi-media shows, including “The Lighter Side of Chronic Depression”; and “Anger: The Musical.” Her poetry books include Lonesome & Very Quarrelsome Heroes; Short Poems by a Short Person; Badgirls (a collection of flash non-fiction & a theater piece); & Gold Shoes, a collection of graphic prose poems (GOLD SHOES: Graphic Prose Poems). Grabel has just completed Tainted Illustrated, an illustrated stretched memoir, which is being serialized in THE OPIATE. Her illustrated flash memoirs will soon be published monthly for a year by Another Chicago Magazine. She and her husband Steve Sander are the founders of Café Lena, Portland’s legendary poetry hub of the 90s. Grabel is the 2020 recipient of Soapstone's Bread and Roses Award for her contributions to literary arts in Portland.

Most Recent Publications & Features

Another Chicago Magazine "Searching for Barbarians"

Another Chicago Magazine "All She Remembered"

Bread & Roses Award Press Release 

ArtsWatch Coverage of Bread & Roses Award

Conversation with Leanne Grabel

The Bards of Stumptown