Linda Lee Harper

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


Dear Friends,
Main Street Rag Publishing Company has decided to publish one of my short stories in Aftermath. The book is scheduled for release this December and will sell for $14.95, but you can get it now for only $8.50 + shipping by placing an Advance Discount order from the Main Street Rag Online Bookstore or, if you are more inclined to pay by check, they are $12.50 each, including tax and shipping. You may mail your check to Main Street Rag Publishing Company, PO Box 960100, Charlotte, NC 28227. Please remember that ordering in advance does not mean you will receive the book prior to the release date listed on my Authors’ Page.
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Driving Out from Pudding House Publications
Sixteen poems which make lyrical observations about what we see when we leave home


KISS KISS now available at Cleveland State University Poetry Center. See link for ordering information.

Kiss Kiss
In an era when poets often seem to want to mention in passing that they know a street name in Budapest or an art piece in the museum at Fez, Linda Lee Harper gracefully-sometimes humorously-returns us to the world of people and places we know. Kiss, Kiss is our lives-our neighbors, aunts, lovers, our work and recreation where we find good and bad, and muddle through somehow. "Oh yes," we say poem after poem, "I had forgotten." What a delight these living poems are.
Paul Allen, author of AMERICAN CRAWL (UNT Press, 1997 winner of the Vassar Miller Poetry Prize)

Kiss Kiss
Forthcoming from Cleveland State University Poetry Center

2007 Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Open Competition Winner, chosen from among 658 manuscripts entered in this year’s contest by 625 poets.

Toward Desire
1995 Word Works, Winner of Washington Prize in Poetry

“The narrator, intensely aware of her characters’ specific joys and pains, comments on the complex interweaving of fate, hubris, and final self-knowledge in Toward Desire’s rich brocade of voice and event. Accounts of family violence, love, betrayal, and redemption achieve the feel of myth.”
--Lynn Emanuel, author of Hotel Fiesta, The Dig, Then Suddenly

Blue Flute
Adastra Press, 1999

"Thinner, denser and tight, tight, tight is Linda Lee Harper’s The Blue Flute. Harper’s images hit you like a hit and run driver. Sure there are a few abuse poems here, but Harper is not harping on the abuser, nor wailing from scars left behind. Her poems are more like takes from Polanski’s Chinatown. The evil seeps out of them, sometimes seconds, sometimes hours later, like a black eye or a bruise surfacing. I love the ominous third persons, the hims and hers of many of the poems. These are not poems about Harper, so much as they are about anyone. The title when discovered, is sharper than other images before it, like ' ...and the two of them drove off/ into the sunset orange as Gulf Oil signs... ' or ' ice you seethe with latent heat... '"
--Welter’s Bookshelf, The Midwest Book Review