John Leonard

John Leonard

John Leonard is a writing professor and assistant editor of Twyckenham Notes, a poetry journal based out of South Bend, Indiana. He holds an M.A. in English from Indiana University. His previous works have appeared in Poetry Quarterly, Rappahannock Review, Sheila-Na-Gig, Fearsome Critters: A Millennial Arts Journal, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Rockvale Review, Blue Earth Review, Neologism, Anti-Heroin Chic, PoeticDiversity and Burningword Literary Journal. His work is forthcoming in Chiron Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Roanoke Review, Rock & Sling and Genre: Urban Arts. John was the 2016 inaugural recipient of the Wolfson Poetry Award, 2018 recipient of the Josephine K. Piercy Memorial Award, and the 2019 recipient of the David E. Albright Memorial Award and Hatfield Merit Award. He lives in Elkhart, Indiana with his wife, three cats, and two dogs.

John Leonard

Be Kind, Be Understanding

Candelin Wahl interviews
John Leonard

 

Poetry co-editor Candelin Wahl recently had this exchange with Issue #44 featured poet John Leonard. Here’s what John had to say about crafting opening and ending lines, experimentation with form in poetry, the role of a mentor, and more… 
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For Tony

POETRY ISSUE #44

It Makes You Wait for It

By John Leonard

 

I feel like I’m stuck in a rural Texas town
with no gas money to get myself home,
and if I kept walking until I found a new town,
it would probably be the same town…
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