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Linda Lee Harper


  • born Sept. 8, 1955

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  • Augusta, Richmond County

Notes of Interest

Linda Lee Harper is a prize-winning poet who has written two full-length collections of poetry and several chapbooks. She is currently at work on another collection and a novel. Her work has appeared in a number of literary journals, and she served as co-managing editor of The Pennsylvania Review.

Linda Lee Harper was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on Sept, 8, 1955. She received her MFA from the University of Pittsburgh and has taught there, at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and at the University of South Carolina-Aiken. Her first chapbook, "A Failure of Loveliness" (1994), won the William and Kingman Page Award. Her first published collection, "Toward Desire" (1996), received the Washington Prize, and her second, "Kiss Kiss," was released in 2008 and was selected by Cleveland State University Poetry Center as the winner of their annual Open Competition. Her other chapbooks include "Cataloguing VanGogh" (1997), "The Wide View" (1998), "Blue Flute" (2001), "Buckeye," Driving Out" (2008) and "Small Waves" (2009). Her poems have won several awards including the Pegasus Prize, The Beatrice Ravenel Prize from the Poetry Society of South Carolina and the Hoepfner Award from The Southern Humanities Review. She is the recipient of three Yaddo fellowships and has published in 85 journals. She currently is at work on a libretto for an opera collaboration with composer Richard Maltz. She lives in Augusta.

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