Leslie Marie Aguilar
Leslie Marie Aguilar originally hails from the heartland of Texas. She has served as the Poetry Editor of Harbinger Journal of Literature and Art and the Poetry Editor of Indiana Review, where she previously worked as Associate Genre Editor and Web Editor.
Leslie’s poetry has been awarded a National Society of Arts and Letters Chapter Career Award, the David E. Albright Memorial Award, and was chosen by D. A. Powell as the recipient of the 2014 Washington Square Poetry Award. Her poems were also finalists for the 49th Parallel Poetry Award, New Letters Poetry Award, Alice James Award, Four Way Books Levis Prize, and the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. She received her MFA from Indiana University and is a Fine Arts Work Center Fellow.
She currently works as the Managing Editor for Studies in English Literature 1500–1900 at Rice University.
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Diana Whitney’s inclusive anthology for teen girls, You Don’t Have to Be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves, was released by Workman Publishing to critical acclaim and became a YA bestseller.The poems in this collection speak candidly about rage, shame, desire, depression, sexual violence, body image, self-love, gender identity, and much more.
In this virtual event, four poets from the anthology—Leslie Marie Aguilar, Joy Ladin, Lynn Melnick and editor Diana Whitney— read their own poems and talk about the project. They’ll discuss how poetry has been a path for self-discovery and self-acceptance of their younger, and now adult, selves; how poems can facilitate empathy for self and others; and the important role poetry plays in allowing us to re-imagine and re-write our identities and stories.