Susan L. Leary


Miami, FL

Author's Bio

Susan L. Leary is the author of four poetry collections: Dressing the Bear, selected by Kimberly Blaeser as the winner of the Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence and forthcoming from Trio House Press in 2024; A Buffet Table Fit for Queens (Small Harbor Publishing, 2023), winner of the Washburn Prize; Contraband Paradise (Main Street Rag, 2021); and This Girl, Your Disciple (Finishing Line Press, 2019), finalist for The Heartland Review Press Chapbook Prize and semi-finalist for the Elyse Wolf Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such places as Indiana Review, Slipstream, Tar River Poetry, Tahoma Literary Review, Cherry Tree, Superstition Review, DMQ Review, Jet Fuel Review, Louisiana Literature, Arcturus (Chicago Review of Books), jmww, The MacGuffin, Heavy Feather Review, South Florida Poetry Journal, Christian Century, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Rust + Moth, The Ilanot Review, Tusculum Review, and Pithead Chapel. She has been nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net anthologies, and recently, she was a finalist for the 16th Mudfish Poetry Prize, judged by Marie Howe; a finalist for the Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize, judged by Bernard Clay; a finalist for Midway Journal's -1000 Below: Flash Prose and Poetry Contest, judged by Jennifer Tseng; and shorlisted for the Arthur Smith Poetry Prize, judged by Charlotte Pence. She holds a B.A., M.A., and M.F.A. from the University of Miami, and she lives in Indianapolis, IN.

Publications & Prizes

Prizes won: 

The Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence (Trio House Press)

The Washburn Prize (Small Harbor Publishing)


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Born in: 
Exeter, NH
New Hampshire
Raised in: 
Orange County, CA
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Last update: Aug 30, 2023