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Leonard Kress grew up in and around Philadelphia and studied religion at Temple University (BA), Slavic Literature and Folklore at Indiana University and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and Poetry at Columbia University (MFA). He has published 8 collections of poetry, most recently The Orpheus Complex (Main Street Rag, 2009), Thirteens (Aureole Press, 2010), Braids & Other Sestinas (Seven Kitchens Press, 20110, and Living in the Candy Store (Finishing Line Press, 2011).
He has also completed a new verse translation of the 19th century, Romantic epic, Pan Tadeusz by Adam Mickiewicz. Poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and translations from Polish have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Massachusetts Review, Harvard Review, Iowa Review, Crab Orchard Review, etc. He has been awarded grants in poetry and playwriting from the Ohio Arts Council and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and was the invited American poet to the Warsaw Autumn of Poetry in 2006.
Kress currently teaches philosophy, religion and creative writing at Owens College in northwest Ohio.