Leslie Wilson

Writer - Producer

Since completing her Ph.D. in American literature and film, Leslie Wilson has worked as a writer, producer, and consultant with AMI. Deeply committed to the art of writing for social action, social change, and social justice, she also teaches writing at Pepperdine University where she has directed the undergraduate creative writing program, the MFA in screenwriting, WordFest, and the Fall Literary Arts Festival. She serves as Film Studies faculty as well. In recent years, she has had several scripts produced for stage and screen, presented papers at regional, national, and international conferences, and published in every genre. In addition to her work with AMI, she has edited creative writing and American Studies publications for Americana: The Institute for the Study of American Popular Culture.

Due to her interests, experience, and expertise, Leslie is often interviewed on various aspects of American creative writing, publishing, production, and culture by producers and reporters from such media organizations as CNN, BBC, Channel 4 (UK), Bloomberg News, ABC News, the Speed Channel, the Discovery Channel, The Associated Press, The New York Times, Newsday, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Chicago Tribune.

Leslie wrote and produced Mississippi Son, which has won three Telly Awards and film festival honors. Broadcast by Halogen TV, TVN, and European television, the film is now available on DVD, distributed by Passion River. The soundtrack is on iTunes and other digital platforms, distributed by Dualtone Records.

As Pensacola Wilson, the pen name she uses when she writes Southern literary fiction, she has written a novel about one woman's journey through a hurricane, a journey that forces her to make the most difficult decision of her life. You can read more about The Quilt here.


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