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Leslie Ullman

b. 1947


Leslie Ullman was born in Chicago and raised in Winnetka, IL She attended Skidmore College and graduated with a BA in English in 1969. She thenĀ  worked for Mademoiselle Magazine for a year, having won a Guest Editorshop after graduation, and then moved to Bennington, Vermont where she co-edited Bennington College’s alumni magazine Quadrille until 1972. For the next two years she attended the University of Iowa Writers Workshop and graduated in 1974 with an MFA in Poetry, moved to Kansas City with her then-husband and embarked on part-time teaching of creative writers and reviewing books for the Kansas City Star. In 1979, her first book of poetry won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, and shortly after she began a 27-year career of teaching creative writing at the University of Texas El Paso, where she spent several years directing the Creative Writing Program and established the Bilingual MFA Program. Early in her tenure at UT-El Paso, she also joined the faculty the newly-formed non-residential MFA Program at Vermont College, now Vermont College of the Fine Arts, where she has been on the faculty for 40 years. Upon retiring from her residential university job, she moved to Taos, New Mexico, where she taught skiing for fifteen years at Taos Ski Valley, while also writing and working with her Vermont students. She is married to Erik Ranger and continues to enjoy the landscape and athletic activities available in the mountains and high-desert setting.

Current City, State, Country

Arroyo Seco, New Mexico, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Published Works

Forthcoming: Unruly Tree (University of New Mexico Press, 2024) and a collection tentatively titled The Partial World Offered Us (3:Taos Press, 2023)
The You That All Along Has Housed You, a Sequence (Nine Mile Press, 2019)
Progress on the Subject of Immensity (University of New Mexico Press, 2013)
Slow Work Through Sand (winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize; University of Iowa Press, 1998)
Dreams by No One’s Daughter (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1987)
Natural Histories (Yale University Press, 1979)

Library of Small Happiness (a hybrid collection of craft essays, most previously published in The Writers Chronicle; 3:Taos Press, 2017)

Current Title

Faculty in poetry / Vermont College of the Fine Arts

Author Site


BA in English, Skidmore College, 1979
MFA, University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, 1974

Links to Sample Works

Languages of Publication(s) and Poets Translated

French and Spanish, a poem here and there, mostly French poems as part of a translation conference in Paris in the late '80's.

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