Leslie Contreras Schwartz, who attended the 2018 Frost Place Conference on Poetry, recently had a piece featured in the Missouri Review. Read “the way a flock of black birds sets off in one large wave” here.
Leslie Contreras Schwartz is a native Texan whose roots go back several generations in Houston and whose family is of Mexican heritage. Schwartz is a multi-genre writer whose work examines the individual versus public bodies and documents lived experiences and narratives of those usually silenced, such as people with mental illness, sex workers, women who are trafficked, or children in custody. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Collagist, PANK, Verse Daily, Rogue Agent, Catapult, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal, among others. Her new collection of poems, Nightbloom & Cenote (St. Julian Press, May 2018), was a semi-finalist for the 2017 Tupelo Press Dorset Prize, judged by Ilya Kaminsky. She is a graduate of The Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and earned a bachelor’s at Rice University.