Leslie Contreras Schwartz talks her work as Houston’s Poet Laureate, mental health awareness, and When They See Us her new book

Leslie Contreras Schwartz

Leslie Contreras Schwartz is the fourth Houston Poet Laureate, serving from 2019-2021. She is a multi-genre writer whose book, Who Speaks for Us Here, is scheduled for spring 2020 publication with Skull + Wind Press. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Anomaly, The Missouri Review, The Collagist, [PANK], Iowa Review, Verse Daily, and the anthology Xicanx: 21 Mexican American Writers of the 21st Century (University of Arizona, 2022), among others. She is also the author of Nightbloom & Cenote, (St. Julian Press, 2018).

leslie c schwartz

A multi-genre writer from Houston, Schwartz’s 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.

http://www.lesliecschwartz.com

@lesliecontschwartz

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