Ms. Umansky's Poetic Step-By-Step Featured in the New York Times
Leah Umansky, poet, author, and York Prep teacher going on 14 years now, penned a feature in the New York Times Sunday “At Home” section on how to craft a found poem. “Find Poetry in the Pages of a Newspaper” maps out how anyone can find inspiration from the printed words of a newspaper or magazine to create an original poem. She offers helpful pointers on how to mentally and physically begin the creative process, how to hone in on key words, and even outlines different poetic devices to give budding poets a little boost once they’ve selected their words. Ms. Umansky, who is also the York Prep Scholars Program Chair and Faculty Advisor for our award-winning literary magazine Genesis, also shares her own found poem in the article (pictured here).
Ms. Umansky is the author of four books: The Barbarous Century, (2018) Domestic Uncertainties, (Blazevox,2012) Straight Away the Emptied World (Kattywompus Press, 2016), and the Mad-Men inspired Don Dreams and I Dream , (Kattywompus Press, 2014) voted one of The Top 10 Chapbooks To Read Now in 2014 by Time Out New York.
Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in places including The New York Times, The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A Day, USA Today's Pop Candy, POETRY, Guernica, Poetry International, Rhino,The Bennington Review, and American Poetry Review. She is resisting the tyrant with her every move. She has been the host and curator of the NYC based poetry series COUPLET, since 2011, and often live tweets special events for the Best American Poetry Blog.
She is also a collage-artist who has designed all of her book covers.