*Lesley’s essay “Rabbit-light” has been awarded the inaugural Three Sisters Award in Nonfiction from NELLE! Stay tuned for a recording on NELLE’s website!
*Lesley will be a year-long contributor to the Ploughshares blog, publishing a variety of criticism, personal narrative essays, and author interviews once-a-month in 2019. Keep an eye on the blog starting in January to see what she comes up with!
*Hide Fox and All After was named a finalist for OSU Press’ 2018 Gournay Prize! More info. about the press, the award, and the winner HERE
*Read an essay on deer and breastfeeding in the new online issue of Permafrost HERE
*Read a micro-interview up on The Kenyon Review’s website, HERE
*An essay on spiders, fear, and Virginia Woolf is forthcoming in Shenandoah, The Washington and Lee University Review!
*Read (or listen to) an excerpt of "I Love You. You Have Nice Hands," a memoir about the female voice, in the Sept./Oct. 2018 issue of The Kenyon Review--HERE
* New work is up at Tupelo Quarterly, Issue 15! Find it here.
* Lesley's chapbook of poems Punctum : was released by Kent State University Press in 2017, and her full-length poetry collection, Holy Island, was re-released by Gold Wake in 2017. You can purchase Punctum : here and Holy Island here.
* She's recently been hard at work on a collection of essays that mix memoir and creative criticism titled "Hide Fox and All After."
Here's a brief statement on the project-in-progress:
"Central to the collection’s project are essays on rabbits, bears, owls, and foxes—the creatures of the nursery. Anthropomorphism is a pervasive means of communicating cultural values to our children, so I began there. And what grew from that initial investigation were a series of essays concerned with representation and image-making in “grown-up” cultural artifacts as well (visual art, film, literature); it seems that shape-shifting, transformation, magic, and fables do not belong strictly to children’s stories and fairytales; they continue on in “the somber fabric” of adulthood (to quote Nathaniel Hawthorne).
The resulting collection can’t be categorized (necessarily) as literary or art criticism per say, but rather as a phenomenological reading of certain images and stories reinterpreted through the lens of motherhood. I wanted to re-contextualize texts that were/are fundamental to me to see where the mother and child are hidden. I wanted to question and plumb the nature of these relationships—the relationships between mother and child, mother and art, child and art, and I hope—at the very least—Hide Fox and All After communicates the complications inherent in those relationships."
Essays from the collection have been published or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, The Cincinnati Review, NELLE, The Bennington Review, phoebe, Permafrost, Waxwing, Diode, Tupelo Quarterly, and At Length. You can find links to many of the pieces in the "prose" section of her website.