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, Fledgling Rag, The Nashville Review, VinylScalawag, and Prairie Schooner. He is a Cave Canem fellow and author of the chapbook Low Parish.  Steven holds a 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”