Susan L. Leary Author PhotoSusan L. Leary is the author of two poetry collections: Contraband Paradise (Main Street Rag, 2021) and the chapbook, This Girl, Your Disciple (Finishing Line Press, 2019), which was a finalist for The Heartland Review Press Chapbook Prize and a semi-finalist for the Elyse Wolf Prize with Slate Roof Press. Her poems, essays, and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in such places as Cherry Tree, Tahoma Literary Review, Arcturus (Chicago Review of Books), jmww, Tar River Poetry, The Christian Century, Pithead Chapel, Posit, Jet Fuel Review, Rust + Moth, The MacGuffin, South Florida Poetry Journal, Whale Road Review, and Five on the Fifth. She has been nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Anthology, and she was a finalist for the 16th Mudfish Poetry Prize, judged by Marie Howe. She holds a B.A., M.A., and M.F.A. from the University of Miami, where she also teaches in the Writing Studies Department.