Leah Umansky

New York, NY

Author's Bio

Leah Umansky is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, The Barbarous Century (Eyewear Publishing, 2018). She is also the author of two chapbooks, the dystopian-themed, Straight Away the Emptied World (Kattywompus Press 2016), the Mad-Men inspired chapbook, Don Dreams and I Dream (Kattywompus Press, 2014), and Domestic Uncertainties (BlazeVOX 2012). Some of her Game of Thrones related poetry has been translated into both Norwegian and Bengali. She is also the curator of the COUPLET Reading Series in NYC. Her poems can be seen in such places as Poetry Magazine, The New York Times, Guernica, The White Review, Salamander, and Pleiades, among others. Flavorwire named her #7 of 23 People Who Will Make You Care About Poetry in 2013.

Publications and Prizes

Domestic Uncertainties
(BlazeVOX books, 2013)
, Gendered & Written: Forums on Poetics:
(Locked Horn Press, 2014)
, Straight Away the Emptied World
(Kattywompus Press, 2016)
, The Barbarous Century
(Eyewear Publishing, 2018)
Read Woman: An Anthology
(Locked Horn Press, 2014)
, The American Voice in Poetry
(Poetry Center Passaic County Community College, 2010)
Barrow Street, Boston Review, Coconut Magazine, Cream City Review, Forklift, Ohio, Guernica Magazine, Harpur Palate, Lips, Magma Poetry, Paterson Literary Review, Ping Pong, Poetry Magazine, Posit, PSA Poetry Review, Slice, Brooklyn Rail, White Review, THRUSH Poetry Journal, Women's Studies Quarterly
Don Dreams and I Dream
(Kattywompus Press, 2014)
Prizes Won: 
Honorable Mention for the 2012 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize sponsored by the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College.

Personal Favorites

Favorite Books: 
Wuthering Heights, Department of Speculation, The Woman Upstairs, Gone with the Wind, Eleanor and Park, Station Eleven, 1984, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, What the Living Do

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Feminist, Jewish
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Manhattan, NY
Raised in: 
Syosset , NY
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Last updated: Jan 25, 2019