Leah Naomi Green

About the Poet

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Leah Naomi Green is the author of The More Extravagant Feast (Graywolf Press, 2020), selected by Li-Young Lee for the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. She is the recipient of a 2021 Treehouse Climate Action Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets as well as the 2021 Lucille Clifton Legacy Award for compassion, courage, truth-telling, and commitment to justice.

She teaches environmental studies and English at Washington and Lee University specializing in Environmental Literature and Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Paris Review, Tin House, Poem-a-Day, VQR, The Southern Review, Orion, Shenandoah, Ecotone, and Pleiades among other publications.

The More Extravagant Feast was named “one of the best books of 2020” by The Boston Globe, a silver winner of the 2020 Nautilus Book Awards, and was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered.

Green has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and is currently the Sherwood Anderson Distinguished Visiting Writer in Poetry at Guilford College. Her chapbook, The Ones We Have, won the 2012 Flying Trout Chapbook prize.

She lives in Rockbridge County, Virginia, where she and her family homestead and grow or find much of their food for the year.

From the author's website



Virginia City or County Affiliation

Rockbridge County, VA

Years of Residence in Virginia


Current City/State of Residence

Rockbridge County, VA




White, Not Specified

Year of Birth



Environment, Spirituality, Parenthood, Nature

Published Works or Performances


  • The Ones We Have, Flying. Trout Press, 2012.
  • Green, Leah Naomi (2014). "Once home, and: Venison."Ecotone. 10 (1): 143–145.
  • "Field Guide to the Chaparral."Southern Review. 53 (2): 175–176. 2017.
  • The More Extravagant Feast. Graywolf Press, 2020.
  • "Venison,Poetry Daily, 2020.
  • River and Fugue” and “Week Ten: Plum,” EcoTheo Review, 2020.
  • "The Carrot," Sunday Poem in Gwarlingo, 2021.
  • Week Thirty Four: Atomic,” Slover Library, 2021
  • "The Age of Affection," Orion, 2022.
  • "The More Extravagant Feast," Tin House, 2018.
  • "Narration, Transubstantiation," Pleiades, 2017.
  • "To the Cardinal, Attacking His Reflection in the Window," Pleiades, 2017.
  • “Beningo Street Wife,” Dirtcakes Literary Journal, 2011.


  • “Return, Investment, Return,” The Paris Review, 2020.
  • “Leah Naomi Green on ‘Field Guide to the Chaparral,’” Poetry Society of America, 2020.

Performances and Interviews

  • Tricycle: Writing Interbeing: Poet Leah Naomi Green’s latest collection explores the interconnectedness of all things.
  • Minneapolis Public Radio: Write On! Radio - Leah Naomi Green.
  • Writers in Residence WMFA Podcast on Lit Hub: Talking to Writers About Their Pandemic Book Tours.
  • Puerto Del Sol: Feeling Deeply: A Conversation with Leah Naomi Green.
  • Ligeia Magazine: Leah Naomi Green Interview by Ashley Wagner.

Selected Individual Poems or Performances

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Leah Naomi Green