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Hear a Poet, There a Poet: A Pioneer Valley Anthology

Alas, my two-year poet laureate term has ended. I had a blast, met dozens of wonderful poets and poetry lovers, and promoted poetry throughout the land. As a souvenir of my tenure, I have put together an anthology that features the poetry that appeared in my newspaper column, "Hear a Poet, There a Poet" which appeared in our local paper, the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

The poems are short, accessible, and very moving! Poets include Martín Espada, Nikky Finney, Ellen Doré Watson, Annie Boutelle, Genie Zeiger, and a host of others. The book also includes the first, second, and third place winners of the Paradise Poetry Prize (which I judged) and a poem I wrote at age 14.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the book, please send me an email to leslea@lesleakids.com and I will send you an order form.

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Nobody's Mother
Orchard House Books, 2008

Lesléa Newman's long-awaited new poetry collection, explores themes such as mother/daughter relationships, other family-of-origin relationships, Jewish identity, aging, loss, and self-acceptance. The poems are told in an accessible style with the same vivid use of imagery, language, and humor as the poet's previous work.

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All with a feminist twist of course! Some of the poems have been previously published in Lilith Magazine, Cimmaron Review, Salamander, The Sun, and Bark. Others have won such honors as being named finalists in the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry (2007) and the Sow's Ears Poetry Review Contest (2007). Lesléa Newman is the current Poet Laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts.
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My Lover is a Woman - Contemporary Lesbian Love Poems
Ballantine Books, June 1999

Bookcover A beautiful new paperback edition of this classic poetry collection. Three hundred pages of gorgeous love poems by Dorothy Allison, Becky Birtha, Chrystos, Jewelle Gomez, Judy Grahn, Audre Lorde, Cherie Moraga, Pat Parker, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Kate Rushin, Linda Smukler, Kitty Tsui, Terry Wolverton, Shay Youngblood and many others. The perfect gift for your lover...or for yourself.
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Still Life With Buddy (Poetry) - Pride Publications, 1997

A novel told in fifty poems about the passionate friendship between a lesbian and a gay man living with AIDS. Told with humor, anger, sadness and rage, this is a story of undying love. Poems in the collection earned author Lesléa Newman a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Bookcover Signs of Love
Windstorm Creative Ltd., September 2000

Originally published in two volumes which have gone out of print, this exciting collection explores deeply personal, yet profoundly universal issues such as childhood trauma and abuse, healing and self-love, family relationships and sexuality. These poems will elicit laughter and tears, heartfelt recognition and an appreciation for what makes us most human--love, desire, family, personal courage and joy.

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