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] Her most recent publication is a full-length collection of poetry Feminists Are Passing from Our Lives (Word Works 2018).[5] McGrath co-edited Reetika Vazirani's posthumous poetry collection, Radha Says: Last

Poems Drunken Boat Books, 2010).[6] She has taught creative writing as an adjunct professor at Central Connecticut State University since 2009.[7]


In addition to the honors noted above, McGrath was awarded the University of Tulsa's 2004 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry[8], a 2007 Artist Fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, a 2010 grant from the Greater Hartford Arts Council,[9] residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Hedgebrook, and the 2017 Gretchen Warren Award from The New England Poetry Club.[10]

Her literary interviews have been published in Association of Writers & Writing Programs's official magazine, The Writer's Chronicle. An interview with McGrath about her work appears in The Nervous Breakdown.[11] McGrath serves on the advisory board for The Word Works, a literary press in Washington, D.C., which sponsors The Washington Prize[12]. She is also the series editor for the Word Works' Tenth Gate Series,[13] 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[14], and formerly served on the board of The James Merrill House in Stonington, Connecticut.[15]


  1. ^ Connecticut Book Award in Poetry
  2. ^ Philbrick Poetry Award
  3. ^ "By The Windpipe".
  4. ^ "Out From the Pleiades".
  5. ^ "Feminists Are Passing from Our Lives". SPD Books.
  6. ^ Vazirani, Reetika (2010-01-15). Radha Says. Drunken Boat Media. ISBN 9780578014654.
  7. ^ "Central Connecticut State University English Department Faculty".
  8. ^ Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry
  9. ^ "Greater Hartford Arts Council".
  10. ^ "2017 Contest Results – New England Poetry Club". www.nepoetryclub.org. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  11. ^ "Leslie McGrath: The TNB Self-Interview". 2018-08-13. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  12. ^ The Washington Prize
  13. ^ "The Word Works".
  14. ^ Sunken Garden Poetry Series at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Connecticut
  15. ^ "The James Merrill House - Museum & Writer-in-Residence Program". jamesmerrillhouse.org.

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