Susan L. Leary Author PhotoSusan L. Leary is the author of three poetry collections: A Buffet Table Fit for Queens (Small Harbor Publishing, 2023), winner of The Washburn Prize; Contraband Paradise (Main Street Rag, 2021); and This Girl, Your Disciple (Finishing Line Press, 2019), finalist for The Heartland Review Press Chapbook Prize and semi-finalist for The Elyse Wolf Prize with Slate Roof Press. Her poems and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in such places as Indiana Review, Tar River Poetry, Tahoma Literary Review, Superstition Review, On The Seawall, DMQ Review, Slipstream, jmww, Cherry Tree, Louisiana Literature, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Christian Century, Pithead Chapel, Posit, Jet Fuel Review, Rust + Moth, Parentheses Journal, Birdcoat Quarterly, Arcturus (Chicago Review of Books), The Ilanot Review, and The MacGuffin. She has been nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net anthologies, and recently, she was a finalist for the 16th Mudfish Poetry Prize, judged by Marie Howe; a finalist for the Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize, judged by Bernard Clay; and shortlisted for the Arthur Smith Poetry Prize, judged by Charlotte Pence, for her manuscript, “Only the Finest Track Stars Smoke Newports.” She holds a B.A., M.A., and M.F.A. from the University of Miami, where she also teaches Writing Studies.

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