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; the chapbooks Toward Anguish, which won the 2007 Philbrick Poetry Award, and By the Windpipe (ELJ Editions, 2014); and the satiric novella in verse, Out From the Pleiades (Jaded Ibis Press, 2014). Her most recent publication is a full-length collection of poetry Feminists Are Passing from Our Lives (Word Works 2018). McGrath co-edited Reetika Vazirani's posthumous poetry collection, Radha Says: Last
In addition to the honors noted above, McGrath was awarded the University of Tulsa's 2004 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, a 2007 Artist Fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, a 2010 grant from the Greater Hartford Arts Council, residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Hedgebrook, and the 2017 Gretchen Warren Award from The New England Poetry Club.
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. McGrath serves on the advisory board for The Word Works, a literary press in Washington, D.C., which sponsors The Washington Prize. She is also the series editor for the Word Works' Tenth Gate Series, 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, and formerly served on the board of The James Merrill House in Stonington, Connecticut.
- Connecticut Book Award in Poetry
- Philbrick Poetry Award
- "By The Windpipe".
- "Out From the Pleiades".
- "Feminists Are Passing from Our Lives". SPD Books.
- Vazirani, Reetika (2010-01-15). Radha Says. Drunken Boat Media. ISBN 9780578014654.
- "Central Connecticut State University English Department Faculty".
- Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry
- "Greater Hartford Arts Council".
- "2017 Contest Results – New England Poetry Club". www.nepoetryclub.org. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
- "Leslie McGrath: The TNB Self-Interview". 2018-08-13. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
- The Washington Prize
- "The Word Works".
- Sunken Garden Poetry Series at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Connecticut
- "The James Merrill House - Museum & Writer-in-Residence Program". jamesmerrillhouse.org.
- Official website
- McGrath’s poetry on The Academy of American Poets
- McGrath’s poetry in Poetry
- McGrath’s poetry in The Awl
- McGrath’s poetry in The Common
- McGrath's poetry in "Slate"
- McGrath's poetry in Agni online
- Opulent Hunger, Opulent Rage
- Radha Says