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Ava Leavell Haymon





Ava Leavell Haymon is a poet, playwright, and teacher.  Her poems have appeared in journals and chapbooks nationwide and in three collections from LSU Press, most recently, Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread, which was chosen by Women's Voices for Change as one of the ten best poetry books in 2010.  She holds the Louisiana Literature prize for poetry in 2003, the L.E. Phillabaum Poetry Award for 2010, and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters 2010 Award in Poetry. She teaches poetry writing in Louisiana during the school year, directs an artists and writers retreat center in New Mexico, and edits the Barataria Poetry Series from LSU Press.  Her latest poetry collection, Eldest Daughter, was released in Fall 2013. She served as the Poet Laureate of Louisiana from 2013-2015.




Also By This Poet
  • Flood (Swan Scythe Press, 2013)

  • Notes to a Husband (Imaginary Friend Press, 2013)

  • Lancelot (Lazy Mouse Press, 2013)

  • Night Fishing (Yellow Flag Press, 2011)

  • 28 Blackbirds at the End of the World (Bandersnatch Books, 2010)

  • Aubade (Yellow Flag Press, 2009)

  • Counting Dust Devils: Early Season (Yellow Flag Press, 2009)





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  • Winner, 2013 Swan Scythe Press Chapbook Award

  • Semi-Finalist, 2013 Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Contest

  • Best of the Net Nomination, “The Hard Lines of Our Bodies” (Trigger - #2, 2012)

  • Best of the Net Nomination, “Rayville, LA, 1927” (Trigger - #1, 2011)

  • Finalist, Standing Rock Chapbook Contest, 2012

  • Rhysling Award Nomination, "28 Blackbirds at the End of the World," 2008

  • James Award Nomination, "Rhyme In Haiku," 2006

2010 - present

2010 - present

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