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Lesléa Newman

I am a poet, novelist, short story writer, and children's book author.My most recent poetry collections are I CARRY MY MOTHER and LOVELY. I have also written a novel-in-verse called OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD. My most well-known book is the children's classic, HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES. From 2008 - 2010 I served as the poet laureate of Northampton, MA and currently I am a faculty member of Spalding University's low-residency MFA in Writing program. Lastly, a musical based on my my short story "A Letter to Harvey Milk" is currently playing off-Broadway.