Lee Slonimsky

Judged: Jan-Mar 2016

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Lee Slonimsky

Lee Slonimsky’s seventh book of poems, Consulting with the Swifts: New and Selected 1982—2015, with a preface by Rachel Hadas, is forthcoming from Spuyten Duyvil Press of New York City in 2016.  His earlier collections include Talk Between Leaf and Skin(SRLR Press, 2002), Money and Light (SRLR Press, 2006), Pythagoras in Love (Orchises Press, 2007), Logician of the Wind (Orchises Press, 2012), Wandering Electron (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2014) and Red-Tailed Hawk on Wall Street (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2015).  A French/English edition of Pythagoras in Love, with translations by distinguished poet and Poetry Society of America Vice President Elizabeth J. Coleman, was also published in 2015, by Folded Word Press.  Lee’s poems have received seven Pushcart Prize nominations and one for Best of the Web, and he has been featured on Poetry Daily.  Journal appearances include The Carolina Quarterly, The Hiram Poetry Review, Measure, New Ohio Review, The New York Times, North Dakota Quarterly, Per Contra, and others.

Lee has written poems for the novels of his wife, Hammett Prize winning author Carol Goodman, and for novelist Lauren Lipton. He’s also co-authored (with Carol, under the pseudonym Lee Carroll), the Black Swan Rising trilogy of urban fantasy novels (Tor Books, 2010, 2012, and 2013), and written a mystery novel under his own name, Bermuda Gold (Moonshine Cove, 2015).

In his youth, Lee studied with a number of distinguished poets, including Adrienne Rich, William Matthews, and Daniel Hoffman. For the past decade, he has conducted his own poetry writing workshop, “Walking with the Sonnet,” in New York City.


  • February 2019 Winners

    • First Place

      Not a Poem of Crows
      by Ken Ashworth
      The Waters

      Second Place

      Resolution to Laugh More
      by F.H. Lee
      The Write Idea

      Third Place

      The Nowhere
      by Erwin Fernandez
      Wild Poetry Forum

  • January 2019 Winners

    • First Place

      How the Wind Works
      by Alison Armstrong-Webber
      The Waters

      Second Place

      Sleep Walker
      by Brenda Levy Tate
      PenShells

      Third Place

      The Woman Who Grew up in My House Finds Me on Facebook and Comes to Take a Look Around
      by Antonia Clark
      The Waters