Leslie LaChance is a poet, essayist, and freelance editor living in Nashville, Tennessee, where she also teaches literature and writing classes and collaborates with fellow artists on various projects.
Leslie’s poems are lyrical cartographies of every place she’s ever been or wanted to be, real or imagined. Some of her poems and stories have appeared in Still: The Journal, Mead, Quiddity, Apple Valley Review, The Birmingham Poetry Review, The Greensboro Review, Juked, and other journals. How She Got That Way, her poetry chapbook, was published in the quartet edition Mend & Hone from Toadlily Press in 2013. Three of her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and her poem “Left” received a Best of the Net Award from Sundress.net.
Leslie has published articles and reviews in magazines and journals such as The East Nashvillian, Tennessee Home & Farm, Dance Teacher Magazine, Stirring: A Literary Collection, and AWP Pedagogy Forum. She blogs about health, illness, and well-being at Sojourn & Stardust. Leslie also edits articles for magazines and academic journals, and assists both professional and aspiring authors in preparing manuscripts for publication.
She has taught writing and literature courses at the State University of New York at New Paltz, Volunteer State Community College, University of Tennessee (Knoxville and Martin campuses), and Webb School of Knoxville. She also teaches community workshops in poetry and creative practice.
Leslie lives with her husband and two small dogs on a shady street in a notorious Nashville neighborhood. She takes too many iPhone photos, prefers being outside to being in, and tries to leave a smaller footprint every day.