About Leslie


"Maybe the only
authority I have is craft"

(from an interview at Ploughshares)



"...and the river moves and moves on and does not and the cool

drumskin sky turns gray then grayer still and then the thunder


              —from [Coda] in The Book of Endings

Me, elsewhere

In The Book of Endings, Leslie Harrison starts from the beginning, with elemental things—stones, wind, fire, the dark. Someone has left (it might be god), something has ended (it might be the world). It is also as if grammar itself has ended. There is a stuttering toward new meaning—an associative flow, gaps in reason, silence—as if a transistor radio was tuned to the interior of consciousness.
—Judges' Citation, The Book of Endings, National Book Foundation



Recent Events


Baker Artists' Portfolio reading. Bird in Hand, Baltimore. April 2018.


AWP annual Conference in Washington, D.C. February 9-12, 2017. She will sign copies of her new book at the University of Akron table Friday, Feb. 10 from 1-2. She will read at Busboys & Poets Saturday 2/11 from 7:30


Reading: Towson Literary Reading Series. Wednesday Feb. 22. 6 p.m. College of Liberal Arts. Towson University.


Reading with Sandra Beasley

Enoch Pratt Free Library. Baltimore

January 20, 2016. Details are here.


Tuolumne Meadows Poetry Festival in Yosemite National Park, August 2015 with Camille Dungy and Jay Leeming.


The Baltimore Writers’ Conferenc

Towson University. Annual Event.

Upcoming Events


Class visit at MICA, the Maryland Institute College of Art.


Research trip. Outer Banks, NC.



Some writers whose work I love






The photograph of a raven's wing on the cover of The Book of Endings was taken by Mike O'Connell, in Yellowstone National Park. You can find more of his work at the link below.



The photos on this site are all copyright Leslie Harrison and may not be used without permission. The exception is the author photo, by Theresa Keil, who can be reached at the button below.

I had the very great privilege of visiting Yosemite National Park a few years ago and it is one of my most beloved places. Please consider donating to the Yosemite Conservancy or any local or national park. They need our help.





“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.”
–Wallace Stevens



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