Leonard Orr


Vancouver, WA
Washington US

Author's Bio

Leonard Orr is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of English at the Washington State University Vancouver. He is the author or editor of thirteen books of criticism. His poetry has appeared in many journals including Black Warrior Review, Poetry International, Poetry East, Natural Bridge, and Rosebud. His chapbook, Daytime Moon, was published in 2005 by FootHills Press, and his book, Why We Have Evening, was published by Cherry Grove [WordTech] in 2010. His new collection, Timing Is Everything, will be published by Cherry Grove in Fall, 2012. He has been a featured reader in many venues throughout the state, and he has led poetry workshops at the Burning Word Poetry Festival, LitFuse, and elsewhere. He served as president of the Washington Poets Association for three years. He also paints abstracts and had his work featured in a solo-exhibition of fifty paintings in 2007. Both his poetry and painting utilize a similar aesthetic based in spontaneity and passion.

Publications & Prizes

Timing Is Everything (Cherry Grove Collections, 2012)
Why We Have Evening (WordTech Communications, 2010)
Daytime Moon (Foothills Publishing, 2005)
Bellowing Ark
, ,
, , ,
Obsessed With Pipework
, , ,
Poets West
, ,
Writing on the Edge
Prizes won: 

Finalist for the T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize and the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize and a semifinalist for the Floating Bridge Chapbook Prize and the William Stafford Poetry Prize. He was named Lewis E. and Stella G. Buchanan Distinguished Professor of English (2005-08).

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Prefers to work with: 
Born in: 
New York City
Raised in: 
Oceanside, NY, NY
New York
Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Last update: Sep 25, 2012