Leigh Harrison's
Books and Publications
Click thumbnails for more information about her poetry books,
as well as sample poems and audio samples.
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Additionally, over the years, Leigh has performed her poetry at numerous poetry readings and other events, including readings at schools in the NYC school system as part of Poetry Month, held annually in April. Below is a partial list of other venues where she has read.
In the NYC area:
Abbey Pub, Ridgewood
The Back Fence, Grenwich Village
The Baggot Inn, NYC
Barnes & Noble / 82nd St
Barnes & Noble / Astor Place
Barnes & Noble / Bay Terrace
Barnes & Noble / Carle Place, LI
Barnes & Noble / Forest Hills
Barnes & Noble / Park Slope
Belanthi Gallery, Brooklyn
Biblios Bookstore, Tribeca
Borders Books / Murray Hill
Borders Books / Bohemia, LI
The Bowery Poetry Club
Brownstone Poet's, Brooklyn
The "C" Note, East Village
Cedar Tavern, Greenwich Village
Centerfold Coffeehouse, UWS
Central Park Bandshell
Coney Island High, East Village
Cornelia Street Cafe, West Village
Corrado Bakery / Saturn Reading Series
Crescent City Coffeehouse, LI
Dolphin Books, Nassau
Element Zero, East Village
Emilie Glen's / Barrow Street
Fresco Tortilla, Forest Hills
Green Pavillion, Brooklyn
Hellas Reading, NYC
Hudson River Cafe, Albany
International Books & Cafe, NYC
Jane's Cafe, West Village

Out of State:
Coffeehouse, FDU / Madison, NJ
Friends Coffeehouse, Westbrook, CT

Kairos Reading, West Village
The Kitchen Kabaret, LI
The Knitting Factory, NYC
Le Poeme, Soho
Left Bank Books
Long Island Coffeehouse, Nassau
The Moose Lodge, Queens
Moroccan Star, Brooklyn
Munch Cafe, Forest Hills
Neirs' Tavern, Ridgewood
Nightingale's / Saturn Reading Series
Nomad's Choir, NYC
Orange Bear, Tribeca
Phoenix Reading Series, NYC
Pozo, Greenwich Village, NYC
Red Pipes Cafe, Forest Hills
Revival / Saturn Reading Series
Seaburn Books, Astoria
Skewered Syntax Poetry Walk/ McSorley's, NYC
Space On White (Poets On White)
St. Marks Church, West Village
Stowell & Sons Books
Sun Mountain Cafe, Greenwich Village
Tongue Threat Tuesdays, Queens
The Vault, Queens
Voices Israel, West Village
Yakity Yak, Chelsea
Yippie Museum Cafe, Soho
York College Little Theater, CUNY
Zabb's / Saturn Reading Series
Zinc Bar, NYC

Mariposa Reading, MD
Minas Gallery, MD
Victory Hall, Jersey City, NJ
Click to read Leigh's review of Barbara Fisher's "Noble Numbers, Subtle Words," which appeared in
American Book Review.
Teghrerian Prize (1st Prize $250.00 in Poetry) / awarded by York College, May 1995
     (1st year of award)

Teghrerian Prize (1st Prize $250.00 in Prose) / awarded by York College, May 1995
     (1st year of award)

World Congress of Poets for Poetry Research and Recitation (honoree)
     (December 2004)

"Folding Into White" published in Stars In Out Hearts (August 2011)
      won the Editor's Choice Award (and Semi-Finalist for top prize )
Leigh has hosted or co-hosted numerous poetry readings and poetry/music events. Following is a brief list of some events she has curated:
Songwriter's Showcase & Poet's Open Mic / Element Zero, East Village, NYC 1992
        (aired weekly on Manhattan Cable)
Co-Host / Sunday readings at Jane's Cafe, Greenwich Village, NYC, 1993
Host, "Popcorn & Poetry" York College 1992-1994
Moderator / York College Poetry Circle 1993-1994
Co-Host, Poet To Poet event (with Bobby Perfect) at Friends' Cafe Open Mic Series /
        Westbrook, CT, 1996
Host, Poet To Poet Open Mic, Back Fence, Greenwich Village, NYC / 2001-2005
Host, SongCrew Open Mic for Poets & Musicians / Munch Cafe, Forest Hills, NY,
She has also appeared at numerous poetry readings, in many as a featured performer; a list of those venues appears below, along with some of the literary awards she has received.

Leigh's book reviews and essays have appeared in numerous magazines including "American Book Review," "Medicinal Purposes Literary Review," "On The Bus," and "Home Planet News" (online)  She has taught poetry, writing, and short story classes at Queens College (CUNY), York College (CUNY), and at Long Island Business Institute.

She is the creator of the Harrisonian sonnet, and the Pentina (a variation on the sestina); there is an article on Wikipedia about the Pentina.  The Pentina is also included in "The Book of Forms / A Handbook of Poetics Including Odd and Invented Forms" (published 2012), by Lewis Turco.   She has also been a guest-host of the cable TV show, Poet To Poet (with Robert Dunn), now archived and available on YouTube.
Click to read Leigh's review of Lyn Lifshin's poetry collection,
"Ballroom," which was published in First Literary Review / East.
Ms. Harrison is the author of several poetry collections, of which three have already been published: "Tour de Farce" (New Spirit Press: Kew Gardens, NY, 1996) a chapbook of humor and parody, "Our Harps Upon the Willows" (Cross-Cultural Literary Editions: Merrick, NY, 1999) a collection of poems about spiritual faith and doubt, and "Finding Sermons in Stones," ( New York, 2011) a collection of poems about nature and the four seasons.  Her next collection, "From A To Zeus," will offer a selection of her poetry with biblical or mythological themes.  Click the thumbnail for the books above to read sample poems, and hear audio versions.  

As a poet, Leigh has been widely published, and has worked on the staff of numerous literary magazines, such as "Impact" and "et cetera" (the official and unofficial anthologies printed by students when she attended Fairleigh Dickinson University), "Poems That Thump in the Dark," "Second Glance," "Asbestos Arts Journal." "Shabdagucha," and "Medicinal Purposes Literary Review."
Click button for a list of Leigh's publication credits in various poetry and literary journals, in the US and worldwide, in print and online.  You can also link to read some sample poems.
Click to read Leigh's review of
Andrew Kaufman's book,
"Both Sides of the Niger,"
which appeared in
Home Planet News / online.