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Anna Leahy, Wick Prize Winner

Upcoming Events:

September 9: Reading at The Ugly Mug in Orange, California

October 17: Reading at Litquake in San Francisco

October 21: Summer Shark Poem Contest Winners with Will Alexander at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach

October 25: Reading with Kate Greenstreet and Rachel Loden in Santa Cruz

If you'd like Anna to read where you are (or if you'd like to read where she is), go to Contact and let her know.


Anna's poem "If You Were a Shark..." placed second in the Summer Shark Poetry Contest sponsored by the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Her poem "Google Moon" won the Twin Cranes Press/Moonlit Magazine contest and will be published as a broadside.

Three of Anna's previously published poems were featured in "Flight Lines," an online feature of Air & Space Magazine, to celebrate National Poetry Month. Other poets represented include Donald Hall, Sharon Olds, and John Updike.

Her short story "Look for Me" appears in the Spring 2009 issue of Fifth Wednesday Journal.

Her poem "Awash: A History of Women and the Sea" was a finalist for the Water-Stone Review Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize.

Anna coordinates Tabula Poetica: Poetry at Chapman University. CU hosted Jen Bervin, Richard Deming, and Nancy Kuhl last spring. Watch the video HERE. Poets Allison Benis White, Karen An-hwei Lee, and Kate Greenstreet and poet and prose writer Linh Dinh comprise this fall's series. If you’re on Facebook, join the Tabula Poetica group. Website coming soon!

Constituents of Matter is reviewed in the Spring 2009 issue of Ohioana Quarterly and the November/December 2008 issue of Women's Review of Books. Reviews also appear in Boxcar Poetry Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Mid-American Review.

Anna's poem "Barbie Gets a Migraine" garnered an honorable mention in the Migraine and Headache Poetry Contest, judged by patient advocate Teri Robert. Check out all the pain!

Three of Anna's poems are part of the La Fovea project. Anna has poems in recent issues of Elixir, Lake Effect, Nimrod, and Spoon River Poetry Review. Her poem "At the Ore Dock" is forthcoming in Eclipse.

Anna’s essay "Is Women’s Poetry Passé?: A Call for Conversation" is in the most recent issue of Legacy, available through Project MUSE.

In "A Conversation on the (Re)Emerging Poet" with Nicole Cooley, Kate Greenstreet, and Nancy Kuhl, Anna talks about first poetry books and what's next. It appears in the January issue of Bookslut.

Anna adapted her MLA paper about assessment in the humanities for Inside Higher Ed. Read "Cookie-Cutter Monsters, One-Size Methodologies and the Humanities" to find out why NSSE matters to a poet.

Listen to an online interview of Leahy and other KSUP poets, on the Moe Green Poetry Hour, recorded February 20, 2008.

Recent Events:


October 20: Booksigning at Knox College

October 23: "Moose, Looking" featured at Verse Daily

October 24: Reading with Alberto Ríos at Kent State University

October 31: Fifth Wednesday reading in Naperville, Illinois

November 4: Fifth Wednesday reading in Chicago, Illinois

Nov 28: "Science, Poetry Merge in Professor’s Book" in the Daily Herald

December 6: Essay on writing groups featured at Work In Progress


January 14: Reading at Molly Malone's in Forest Park, Illinois

February 1: Booksigning at the AWP Conference in New York

February 12: Reading at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

February 28: Reading at Chapman University in California

March 4: Reading at University of Northern Iowa

April 19: Reading and discussion in Davenport, Iowa

April 30: Fifth Wednesday issue release party and reading

October 22: Guest Post on Museums for Madame Mayo's Blog

October 24: Reading at Springfield, Illinois

November 15: Reading with Mary Biddinger in Bowling Green, Ohio

December 29: "Creative Writing in the 21st Century," a Presidential Initiative at the Modern Language Association Convention in San Francisco


February 13: Reading with Kent State UP poets in Chicago

Anna's Publicity Photo