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Congratulations to featured client Leisha Douglas! In the year and a half that she has been a Writer’s Relief client, poet Leisha Douglas has garnered eight acceptances, far surpassing the standard rate for most authors. This impressive track record comes as no real surprise; Leisha’s work has the unique ability to affect one’s senses with vivid imagery and unforgettable descriptions of sounds and smells. Her piece “Tentative” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in May 2012. Read on to learn more about Leisha’s craft and writerly experience. (Click to watch the video filmed by Leisha’s friend Leslye Smith!)

In Her Own Words 

Writer’s Relief has been a much-needed support to my creative process. Prior to my association with WR, post-writing submission trauma made sending out work excruciatingly difficult, due to the doubt and aversion that would plague me, and led to a very erratic submission history. The cheery communications from my submission strategists and a good acceptance rate have helped minimize my fears and encouraged me to keep generating and sending out both prose and poetry.

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About Leisha Douglas

As a professional psychotherapist and part-time yoga teacher, I am blessed to help others in their deeply intimate, personal explorations. I have worked in a private psychotherapy practice for over twenty years and am a retired teaching staff member of the Hakomi Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

From 2001 to 2010, I codirected the Katonah Poetry Series with former Poet Laureate Billy Collins and currently serve as a poetry consultant to the series committee. I designed and coproduced an ongoing poetry program for local high schools called Poetry Live from 2002 to 2004. In 1994, I placed second in the “Grand Dame” short story contest cosponsored by The New Yorker and Veuve Clicquot. My poetry chapbook, The Season of Drunken Bees, received special mention in The Comstock Review’s Niles 2009 Chapbook Competition. My poems have appeared in The Alembic, The Cortland Review, decomP, Forge, Ghoti, Ginbender Poetry Review, Hakomi Forum, and Sanskrit.

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