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Leslie Monsour was born in Hollywood, California, in 1948. She grew up in Mexico City, Chicago, and Panama, and was educated at Scripps College in Claremont, California; Canal Zone College in Panama; and the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she received her degree in English Literature.
Her work appears in several anthologies, including, A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems In Form By Contemporary Women (Story Line Press 1994), Visiting Emily: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Emily Dickinson (University of Iowa 2001), New Formalist Poets of the American West (Boise State University 2001), and California Poetry From the Goldrush to the Present (Heyday Books 2003). Her journal publications include The Birmingham Poetry Review, Hellas,The Lyric, The Plum Review, Fourteen Hills, Pivot, Able Muse, The Dark Horse, The Formalist, The Edge City Review, and Poetry.
She has been a reference librarian at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California; a news reporter for Pacifica Radio; and a research consultant for documentary film productions. She has also been a poetry instructor for Florence Avenue Elementary School, Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School, the La Cañada Unified School District, U.C. Berkeley Extension, El Camino College, Scripps College, PEN's Emerging Voices Program, and the U.C.L.A. Extension Writers? Program.
Her book publications include Travel Plans (Robert L. Barth Press, 2001), Indelibility (Aralia Press, 1999), and The Alarming Beauty of the Sky (Red Hen Press, 2005).
Leslie was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by Anthony Hecht, and her poems are featured in the U.S. Poet Laureate's website, "American Life in Poetry," Don Selby's website, "Poetry Daily," and Garrison Keillor's public radio program, "The Writer's Almanac." She and her husband live in the Hollywood Hills. They have two sons.
The Alarming Beauty of the Sky