Jay Leeming is the winner of the 2011 Kenneth & Geraldine Gell Poetry Prize for his book manuscript Miracle Atlas. The prize is awarded annually by Writers & Books, the community literary center in Rochester, NY. This year’s selection was made by the contest’s finalist judge, poet William Heyen, who will also write a Foreword for the book. Leeming is a resident of Ithaca, New York.
Miracle Atlas will be published in the fall of 2011 by Big Pencil Press, the publishing imprint of Writers & Books. Leeming will receive an honorarium of $1000, and a residency at The Gell Center, Writers & Books’ rural retreat center in the Finger Lakes. The Gell Prize is awarded annually to a poet for an exceptional book-length manuscript of poems, and is named in honor of the original owners of property that has become the Gell Center.
Leeming is the author of a previous book of poems, Dynamite on a China Plate, published by The Backwaters Press. His poems have appeared in a variety of magazines including Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, Poetry East and Black Warrior Review. He has been a featured reader at Butler University, the Omega Institute, Robert Bly’s Great Mother Conference, and the Woodstock Poetry Festival. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and is currently serving as Poet Laureate of Tompkins County. He lives and teaches in Ithaca, New York.