Leslie Harrison is the author of The Book of Endings (University of Akron Press, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Award, and Displacement (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009), which won the Bakeless Prize in poetry from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.
She was born in Germany and raised mostly in New Hampshire. She holds graduate degrees from The Johns Hopkins University and The University of California, Irvine. Poems have appeared in journals including Poetry, The New Republic, The Kenyon Review, FIELD, West Branch, Pleiades, Orion and elsewhere.
A former photojournalist, book designer and publishing manager, Harrison has held a scholarship and fellowship at The Sewanee Writers’ Conference and a fellowship at The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. In 2011 she was awarded a fellowship in literature from The National Endowment for the Arts. She was the 2010 Philip Roth resident in poetry at Bucknell University, and then a visiting assistant professor in poetry and creative nonfiction at
Washington College. In the fall of 2012 she joined the full-time faculty at Towson University.