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Lesléa Newman

Lesléa Newman
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Lesléa Newman.

Lesléa (pronounced "Lez-LEE-uh") Newman is the author of 60 books including A Letter to Harvey Milk, Nobody's Mother, Hachiko Waits, Write from the Heart, The Boy Who Cried Fabulous, The Best Cat in the World, and Heather Has Two Mommies.

She has received many literary awards including Poetry Fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Highlights for Children Fiction Writing Award, the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement, and three Pushcart Prize Nominations. Nine of her books have been Lambda Literary Award finalists.

Read her full biography at lesleanewman.com.

Blog posts

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The Way We Were: Life Before the Orlando Shooting

I mourn the victims, along with their families and friends. I grieve for the traumatized survivors whose lives will never be the same. I especially ache for the young members of the queer community who despite the advances we have made, still feel unsafe being out at work, at home, at school, and who will never know what it’s like to step out of the closet for a few hours and dance the night away, unencumbered by fear.

Lesléa Newman, cropped

Parting Gifts

“I can’t die before July 28th,” my mother said as soon as her doctor strolled into her room at Long Island Jewish Hospital. “I have theatre tickets.” Then, exhausted from the effort of uttering those two short sentences, she lay back on the pillow and shut her eyes.

Marge Piercy

How do I love Marge Piercy?

How do I love Marge Piercy? Let me count the ways:

Lesléa Newman

How To Make Matzo Brei

It has to be Sunday morning,
not just any Sunday morning
the Sunday morning of Passover

Topics: Food, Passover, Poetry

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Jewish Women's Archive. " Lesléa Newman ." (Viewed on March 22, 2019) <https://jwa.org/blog/author/lesl-newman>.

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