Leila Chatti


Madison, WI 53703

Author's Bio

Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet and author of the chapbooks Ebb (New-Generation African Poets, forthcoming 2018) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editors' Selection from Bull City Press (forthcoming 2018). She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, Dickinson House, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, where she is the 2017-2018 Ron Wallace Poetry Fellow. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, The Georgia Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, Narrative, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, West Branch, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.

Publications & Prizes

Best New Poets (Samovar Press, 2015)
Tunsiya/Amrikiya (Bull City Press, 2018)
American Literary Review
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Spoon River Poetry Review
Tin House
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FELLOWSHIPS: Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing (2017); Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown (2016); Dickinson House (2016). PRIZES: Best of the Net (2017); Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest (2016); Southword Journal Gregory O'Donoghue International Poets Prize (2016); Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize (2015); Academy of American Poets University Prize (2015). HONORS: Brunel International African Poetry Prize, Shortlist (2017); Third Coast Poetry Contest, Finalist (2017); Narrative Magazine 8th Annual Poetry Contest, Third Place (2016); Spoon River Poetry Review Editor's Prize, First Runner Up and Honorable Mention (2016); RHINO Founder's Prize, Finalist (2016); Bellevue Literary Review Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry, Finalist (2016); The Georgia Review Loraine Williams Poetry Prize, Finalist (2016); Narrative Magazine 30 Below Contest, Second Place (2015); North American Review James Hearst Poetry Prize, Honorable Mention (2015); Nimrod International Poetry Journal Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, Second Place (2015). SCHOLARSHIPS: The Frost Place Conference on Poetry (2017); Tin House Writers' Workshop (2016); Quest Writer's Conference (2015); Raleigh Review Southern Recitations Workshop (2014). GRANTS: Barbara Deming Memorial Fund (2017).

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Arab American
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East Lansing, MI
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Last update: Jun 15, 2017