Jeanne M. Leiby

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Miss Lejewski, our fifth grade teacher, had lopsided tits and a spitting problem. Even if we tilted our heads, her left breast dipped two inches lower than her right. Because of the spitting, none of us willingly sat in the front row except Benny Lanny. He was going to be president someday—everyone said so until he lost his arm—and by fifth grade he already understood the importance of pleasing authority figures.

Jeanne M. Leiby

Jeanne Leiby (September 3,1964 – April 19, 2011) was a teacher, fiction writer and literary magazine editor. Leiby’s short stories were published in several literary journals, including Fiction, Indiana Review, The Greensboro Review, and New Orleans Review. Her first collection of short stories, Downriver, was published by Carolina Wren Press as the 2006 winner of the Doris Bakwin prize. Leiby also served as fiction editor of Black Warrior Review and as the Editor in Chief of the Florida Review. In Spring 2008, she took over as editor of The Southern Review at LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Leiby grew up in Wyandotte, Michigan, part of the downriver Detroit area. She earned a BA at the University of Michigan, an MA at the Bread Loaf School of English/Middlebury College, and an MFA at the University of Alabama. She was killed in a car accident in Louisiana on April 19, 2011.