Leslie Contreras Schwartz is an essayist and poet, whose work has recently appeared in Catapult, The Texas Review, and Tinderbox. Her book, Fuego, was published by Saint Julian Press in 2016 and her second book of poems, Nightbloom & Cenote, is forthcoming this year. She was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Houston Poet Laureate, and was recently a semi-finalist for the 2017 Tupelo Press Dorset Prize, judged by Ilya Kaminsky.

Her short story, "City of Girls," about sex trafficking victims, will be included in the Houston Noir anthology, edited by Gwendolyn Zepeda (Akashic Press, 2019). Schwartz earned an MFA in poetry from The Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in 2011 and graduated from Rice University in 2002.

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