We and She, You and Then, You Again
by Leah Tieger
Leah Tieger lives in Dallas with her dog and her neighbor’s errant chickens, and she resides in a small house with more windows than walls. She is a graduate of Bennington College—where she received an Academy of American Poets Prize—and she is working toward her master’s degree at the University of North Texas. Tieger completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in 2016, and she wants to remain there like a stowaway on a transatlantic ship. Instead she helms a different boat, serving as cofounder and producer of the Looped poetry series, which has been hosted at the Nasher Sculpture Center and is sponsored by WordSpace, Dallas’s largest literary nonprofit.
Tieger reads fiction for The Boiler and poetry for The American Literary Review, works as a freelance writer specializing in literature reference, and occasionally even writes her own poetry. Her poem “Galley Kitchen, Shotgun House” (which also appears in this chapbook) was a finalist for the 2016 Raynes Poetry Prize—judged by Alicia Ostriker. Her work appears in Rattle, Gravel, Entropy, Voicemail Poems, Pretty Owl Poetry, Thank You for Swallowing, Menacing Hedge, and others. Like every good writer, the first draft of her first novel waits, quiet but restless, pushed to the back of a proverbial drawer.