Linda Lee Harper

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Linda Lee Harper’s Quake is resonant as the geological event on which these poems focus. In these pages, a moving lyricism thrives, “essential as a . . . brief hymn of kindling.” Indeed, the artistic depth here, the sheer distance of Harper’s imaginative reach, belies this collection’s length, and cumulatively these poems inhabit microcosms and macrocosms, the personal blended stunningly with the universal. Dizzyingly beautiful and evocative, Harper’s sonic textures induce in me a hunger for more of these deft lines, “waiting to be strung, hung /​ lost to clouds shifting /​ like tectonic plates.”
—William Wright
Series Editor of The Southern Poetry Anthology
Author of Night Field Anecdote, Bledsoe, and Tree Heresies

Linda Lee Harper's newest chapbook is available for pre-publication orders beginning July 21, 2014.

New chapbook from Pudding House Press: DRIVING OUT
Now available from Pudding House Press

Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Competition Winner

KISS KISS, Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Competition Winner now available at and at Amazon.Com

Selected Works

My short story "Another Pittsburgh Story" should resonate for anybody familiar with the hills and bus routes of Pittsburgh, or any city really.
The poems in Linda Lee Harper's SMALL WAVES are technically adept and clever, --a pleasure, and that alone would justify the collection. They tell the truth about our lives--presentments of aging, unexpected desires--but tell it appealingly slant as Miss Dickinson suggests.
This is a terrific book of poems... and I am thrilled to be supervising its publication.
--Michael Dumanis, Director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center
“ ...a poet of exquisite wit, dark humor and trustworthy insight.”
--Susan Ludvigson, author of Everything Winged Must Be Dreaming, To Find the Gold
Two Pushcart Nominations


Linda Lee Harper lives in Augusta, Georgia, born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received her BA & MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She taught there, University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s Continuing Education program and at the University of South Carolina-Aiken. Her published works include:

Toward Desire (Word Works, 1996), 1995 Washington Prize for Poetry, One Pushcart Nomination; A Failure of Loveliness (Nightshade Press, 1994), William and Kingman Page Award; Cataloguing Van Gogh (Tampa Writers’ Voice, 1997), Hibiscus Award; The Wide View (White Eagle Coffee Store Press, 1998), Fall Open Reading Award; Blue Flute (Adastra Press, 1999), two Pushcart Nonimations; Buckeye (Anabiosis Press, 1999), 1998 Winner.

Her poems have been anthologized in: Tea Time In The Oleander Garden: Works By Southern Women (Bear-In Mind Press, 1999); 46/​96 South Carolina Poetry (Ninety-Six Press, 1994); Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry, 1995-96 ed. Alan Pater (Monitor Books, 1997); All Around Us: Voices From The Valley (Emerald Press, 1996); SC Poetry: A Millennium Sampler (Ninety-Six Press, 2005). She has received four Pushcart Nominations and been a Fellow at both VCAA and Yaddo.

Her work has appeared most recently in: The Georgia Review, Nimrod, The Seneca Review, Rattle, Southern Poetry Review and 100 other journals. Her manuscript “Kiss Kiss” was selected as the winner in Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Open Competition and is available on and at CSU Press. Her newest chapbook is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press, available for pre-order at https:/​/​​product_info.php?cPath=2&products_id=2151.

She currently is working on a collection of short stories and a third poetry collection at her home on Lake Murray, South Carolina, where she never, ever goes fishing.