Leslie McGrath

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Leslie McGrath is an American poet, editor, and educator. She is the author of the collection Opulent Hunger, Opulent Rage (Main Street Rag, 2009), which was a finalist for the 2010 Connecticut Book Award for Poetry[1]; the chapbooks Toward Anguish, which won the 2007 Philbrick Poetry Award[2], and By the Windpipe (ELJ Editions, 2014)[3]; and the satiric novella in verse, Out From the Pleiades (Jaded Ibis Press, 2014).[4] She has taught creative writing at Central Connecticut State University since 2009.[5]


In addition to the honors noted above, McGrath was awarded the University of Tulsa's 2004 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry[6], a 2007 Artist Fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, a 2010 grant from the Greater Hartford Arts Council,[7] and residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Hedgebrook.

Her literary interviews have been published in Association of Writers & Writing Programs's official magazine, The Writer's Chronicle, and interviews with other journals such as ''Pank'' [8] have also been aired on public radio. McGrath serves on the advisory board for The Word Works, a literary press in Washington, D.C., which sponsors The Washington Prize[9]. She is also the series editor for the Word Works' Tenth Gate Series,[10] an imprint inspired by poet Jane Hirshfield, which recognizes the work of mid-career poets.

McGrath serves on the Poetry Advisory Committee of Sunken Garden Poetry Series at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Connecticut[11], and formerly served on the board of The James Merrill House in Stonington, Connecticut.[12]


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