Poet Leslie Monsour was born in Hollywood, California, but grew up in Mexico City, Chicago, and Panama. She attended Scripps College in Claremont, California, and the Canal Zone College in Panama, and earned a BA in English literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she also minored in Hispanic literature. She is the author of the letterpress edition Indelibility (1999); the chapbooks Earth’s Beauty, Desire, & Loss (1998) and Travel Plans (2001); and the full-length The Alarming Beauty of the Sky (2005).
A skilled practitioner of traditional forms, Monsour often sets her poems in the landscape of Southern California. Her work has been published in the anthologies A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women (1994), New Formalist Poets of the American West (2001), and Visiting Emily: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Emily Dickinson (2001). Monsour and the poet Timothy Steele co-hosted the colloquium “Otherwise We Fall into Prose: Formal Poetry in California” at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California, in 2003.
Monsour lives in Los Angeles. She was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2007.