Leslie Contreras Schwartz is a fifth-generation Houstonian of Mexican heritage. She teaches writing and works as a manuscript consultant and writing coach through Writespace and other organizations. Her essays and poetry have recently appeared in Catapult, The Collagist, Tinderbox and Rogue Agent. Her book, Fuego, was published by Saint Julian Press in 2016 and her second book of poems, Nightbloom & Cenote, is forthcoming from the same press in 2018. An excerpt from her novel-in-progress, City of Girls, 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. She graduated from Rice University in 2002.