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Raina J Leon


I have been published in Minglewood, The Cherry Blossom Review, Natural Bridge, OCHO, Poem. Memoir.Story, Xavier Review, Salt Hill Journal, Black Arts Quarterly, African American Review, Poetic Voices without Borders, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade, Growing Up Girl: An Anthology of Voices from Marginalized Spaces, MiPoesias, AntiMuse, Farmhouse Magazine, Furnace Review, and Constellation Magazine among others.  My first collection of poetry, Canticle of Idols, was a finalist for both the Cave Canem First Book Poetry Prize (2005) and the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize (2006) and has just been published by Wordtech Communications (November 2008).  I am also a proud graduate fellow of Cave Canem (2006), member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective, board member of The Acentos Foundation and editor of The Acentos Review.