"That slight uncertainty which makes us sure:"
Lyric Grace and the Poetry of Richard Wilbur
Monsour: Featured Poet in the Millennial Issue
Leslie Monsour was born in Hollywood, California, but grew up in Mexico
City, Chicago, and Panama. She 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. 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 production companies. She
has also taught Spanish poetry at Florence Avenue Middle School, and has
been an instructor for the U.C.L.A. Extension Writers' Program, and at
special workshops for the alumnae of Scripps College. Her work has
appeared in the Story Line Press anthology, A Formal Feeling Comes,
Poems in Forms by Contemporary Women, and numerous journals,
including The Birmingham Poetry Review, Hellas, The Lyric, The Plum
Review, Fourteen Hills, and the July, 1999, issue of Poetry.
In 1998 Robert Barth published her collection, Earth's Beauty,
Desire, & Loss, and, in 1999, Michael Peich of the Aralia Press
at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania, published a
letterpress edition of her poems, entitled, Indelibility.
Publications scheduled for this year include an anthology from The
University of Iowa Press, entitled Visiting Emily: Contemporary
Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Emily Dickinson, as well as
the journals, The Dark Horse, The Formalist, and The Edge City
Review. Between poems, Leslie continues to work on her first novel,
which she has completed several times. She resides in the
Hollywood Hills with her husband and two sons.
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