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Published in Prairie Winds

Leah had a poem, “When the tea kettle whistles,” published in the Spring 2014 Issue of Prairie Winds, the literary journal of Dakota Wesleyan University in South Dakota. Leah’s poem, about her childhood farmhouse and her log cabin back in Michigan, sits alongside other great poetry, fiction, and black-and-white photos. A copy of the journal can be requested in writing from: Prairie Winds, c/o Dakota Wesleyan University, 1200 West University Ave, Mitchell, SD 57301, or purchased from any outlet that can order ISSN 1062-4481.

Published in Metonym Vol. 4

Leah had three poems, “Inside the convenience store,” “Journey to America,” and “In the ground at Karisoke,” published in Volume 4 of Metonym, the literary journal of William Jessup University in California. Leah’s poems—one about sheltered drone lives working for the hive, one about the juxtapositions of early Colonial experiences compared to the “inconveniences” of the digital age, and the last about Dian Fossey, the primate expert murdered in a still-unsolved case in Rwanda—are accompanied on these full-colored pages by tons of poetry, fiction, photographs, and artwork, including work by Matthew Carlin. The journal can be purchased in print paperback for $7.99 by contacting the Metonym staff via their website contact form here or by emailing: metonym [at] jessup [dot] edu.

Published in Cities: A Book of Poems

Leah had two poems, ““Not in my backyard” is something only someone else can say” and “Autumn on Oak Street,” published in Chuffed Buff Books’ poetry anthology about cities, Cities: A Book of Poems. Chuffed Buff Books is an awesome independent press across the pond that found a home for these two poems about Boston in this collection that “places the urban landscape at its core; explores the city as a microcosm of humanity; and shows art, culture, history, civic pride, solidarity, relationships, memory, and the rich fabric of city life through the eyes of residents, migrants, and tourists.” Leah’s first poem featured is about the April 2013 bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line, and her second poem is about saying goodbye to her Boston street of three years for a cross-country move to the Bay Area. The journal can be purchased in print and digital formats here.

Published in Los Angeles Review of Books

Leah’s book review, “The Midwest Finds Its Voice: Eric Shonkwiler’s Above All Men and How It Speaks for the Resilience of a Broken Region,” was published in the prestigious Los Angeles Review of Books. You can read the review here, and you can buy Shonkwiler’s incredible debut novel here. If you are a fan of Hemingway, Faulkner, Steinbeck, Cormac McCarthy, or William Gay, or if you just love stark, poetic prose without the heightened tripe, this book is for you.