Author Alyssa Metcalfe.

Alyssa D. Metcalfe was born in the Inwood section of New York City in the early 1960s. She and her older sister were raised by their British jazz pianist father and American mother who worked as a secretary, but never missed an opportunity to march against injustice. By the early 1970s, her family qualified for affordable artist housing in the West Village, where a lot of adults shared a hands-off style of parenting. There was little supervision and less discipline. As a result, Alyssa and her new friends used the city as their playground, theater, and teacher. It is through those experiences that many of her stories been inspired, but she also writes children’s books under the pen name, Leslie Ann George.

As an adult, Alyssa attained an A.S. in Equine Studies from Northwest College in Powell, WY and a B.S. in Animal Science from UMASS Amherst. She currently lives on Cape Cod, where she sits on the Board of Directors for the Cape Cod Writers Center. She is a member of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, and the SCBWI.

In July of 2017, Alyssa’s short story, Epiphany on the E Train, was awarded first place by Gemini Magazine.

In September of 2018, a companion piece, Epiphany at the Aztec, was published in Dark Ink Magazine.

Also in September of 2018, Leslie Ann George released Mousebound, a children’s picture book.

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