MFA in Writing

Leslie Ullman / Faculty, Poetry

Leslie Ullman, VCFA Writing Program

Leslie Ullman is the author of four poetry collections, her most recent being Progress on the Subject of Immensity (University of New Mexico Press, 2013). Her newly released Library of Small Happiness (Taos Press, 2017) is a hybrid book of craft essays, poems and writing exercises, many of which began as lectures given at VCFA.

Leslie’s third book, Slow Work Through Sand, won the 1998 Iowa Poetry Prize (University of Iowa Press), and her first collection, Natural Histories, won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award in 1979 (Yale University Press). Her second collection, Dreams by No One’s Daughter, was published by University of Pittsburgh Press. She also is the recipient of two NEA Fellowships.

Her poems and reviews have appeared in numerous journals, including Poetry, The New Yorker, Prairie Schooner, Poetry East, Crab Orchard Review, and The Kenyon Review. Some of the craft lectures she has given in the Vermont program have been published in The Writer’s Chronicle and Numero Cinq. Now Professor Emerita at the University of Texas-El Paso, where she taught for 27 years and established the Bilingual MFA Program, she has continued to teach on the faculty at Vermont College, where she was hired in 1981. She also does freelance manuscript consultations and teaches skiing every winter at Taos Ski Valley in northern New Mexico.