Leigh Lucas — “A Portfolio of Poetry”


Leigh Lucas is a poet and writer in San Francisco. She was a semifinalist for the 2022 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize from Persea Books, the 2022 C&R Press Poetry Prize, and Four Way Books’ Levis Prize. Her poem “Year of the Wood Sheep” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize after it won the 2021 Driftwood Press In-House Poetry Contest. She won AWP’s Kurt Brown Prize in 2022 for an emerging poet, and has been a finalist for the The Los Gatos-Listowel Poetry Contest and the Urmy/Hardy Poetry Prize. She holds an MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and a BA in English-Creative Writing from Stanford University. Her poems appear and are forthcoming in Smartish Pace, minnesota review, Frontier Poetry, and Poet Lore, among others. She has been awarded residencies at Tin House Summer Workshop, Sewanee Writers Conference, Community of Writers in Olympic Valley, and Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, among others.