Steven Leyva ⊗ Author of Low Parish ⊗ Cave Canem Fellow ⊗ University of Baltimore Professor ⊗ Half Poet, Half Otaku






Steven Leyva was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Houston, Texas. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 2 Bridges Review, Scalawag, Nashville Review, jubilat, Vinyl, Prairie Schooner, and Best American Poetry 2020. He is a Cave Canem fellow and author of the chapbook Low Parish and author of The Understudy’s Handbook which won the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from Washington Writers Publishing House. Steven holds an MFA from the University of Baltimore, where he is an assistant professor in the Klein Family School of Communications Design.

Find him on twitter: @sdleyva

Publications and Poems


Vinyl :   “I know you’re never gonna wake up” and “Supremacy”

Nashville Review :     “Creolite II”

Barrelhouse :      “Boy Talking Back to Houston”

Prairie Schooner : “Ulysses as a Negro-Bird”  and “Primer”

Queen Mob’s Tea House :      “Fat”

Scalawag : “Playing Levee” and “Rutherford Selig Stops for Gossip in Green Country”


“Here is a Sea We Cannot Call Sea”




Washington Independent Review of Books:

“The Poetics of Anime”

“Sequential Imagination”

“The Best Sandbox Ever”


“The Small Fires: reflections on the Baltimore uprising”

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