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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

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.