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Naton Leslie

Author's Bio

I have published 9 books, seven in poetry, one collection of short stories, and a work of nonfiction. I am also known as an essayist, having published over 60 memoir/creative nonfiction pieces in the last 20 years. While characterized as a working-class writer, my work has moved beyond that category in recent years. I teach creative writing at Siena College in Loudonville, New York, and live in the Upper Hudson Valley with my wife Susan, and my two dogs, a basset hound name Melville and a bloodhound named Flannery.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Moving to Find Work (Bottom Dog Press, 2014), Small Cathedrals (Wordtech Communications, 2011), Emma Saves Her Life (WordTech Editions, 2007), Egress (WordTech Editions, 2005), That Might Be Useful (The Globe Pequot Press, 2005), Marconi's Dream and Other Stories (Texas Review Press, 2002), Salvaged Maxims (Word Press, 2002), Their Shadows Are Dark Daughters (Pavement Saw Press, 2000)
Anthologies:
75 Readings (McGraw-Hill, 1998), Best American Essays: 1997 (Houghton Mifflin, 1997)
Journals:
Agincourt Irregular, Chariton Review, International Poetry Review, Massachusetts Review, Pikeville Review, Prairie Schooner, Puerto del Sol, Riverwind, West Branch, Yarrow
Prizes:
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship The George Garrett Prize for Fiction

Naton Leslie Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
The Witch of Hebron by James Kunstler, The Red Book by Carl Jung, Collected Stories by Anton Chekov,
Favorite Books:
Grapes of Wrath--John Steinbeck This Branch Will not Break --James Wright The Book of Nightmares -- Galway Kinnel Reasons to Hate the Sky -- Stuart Bartow What Work Is -- Philip Levine
Favorite Authors:
Knut Hamsun John Steinbeck Kurt Vonnegut Philip Levine Margaret Atwood James Baldwin James Wright Raymond Carver Flannery O'Connor

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Listing last updated: February 6, 2013

More Information

Listed as:
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Appalachian
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Warren, OH
Raised in:
Brookfield, OH

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