Lesléa Newman has created 70 books for readers of all ages including many books for and about the LGBTQ community. Her titles include the children’s classic, Heather Has Two Mommies, the short story collection, A Letter to Harvey Milk; the humor collection, Out of the Closet and Nothing to Wear; the teen novel-in-verse October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard; the board books Mommy, Mama, and Me and Daddy, Papa, and Me, the novel The Reluctant Daughter; the poetry collection, I Carry My Mother; and the children’s books, The Boy Who Cried Fabulous, Donovan’s Big Day, A Fire Engine for Ruthie and Sparkle Boy. Nine of her books have been Lambda Literary Award Finalists. Other literary awards include poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation; a Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fiction-Writing Award; two American Library Association Stonewall Honors; two Massachusetts “Must Read” awards; the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement; an Alice B. Award career medal; A Golden Crown Literary Society Award in Poetry and the Lee Lynch Classic Award in 2017 for Heather Has Two Mommies; and a Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television Gemini Award. From 2008 – 2010, she served as the poet laureate of Northampton, MA. Currently she is a faculty member of Spalding University’s low-residency MFA in Writing program.
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