Lee Meitzen Grue

Poet and fiction writer, Lee Meitzen Grue is a native of Louisisa. She has lived most of her life in New Orleans. Much of her work in set in the south, New Orleans in particular. Loss of innocence and the layers which time imposes upon place and person are themes of her work. Her poems explore the carnal and the spiritual as she goes examining New Orleans night life in the old French Quarter as Mardi Gras turns to the ashes of Lent.

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Anthology: available from New Laurel Review Press, 828 Lesseps St. NOLA 70117
A remarkable assemblage of history, memories, poetry, fiction, and interviews that explores sewing and its meaning in a particular place.
New Orleans and the French Quarter lovingly depicted in short stories by by a longtime Quarterite

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Lee Meitzen Grue is a Louisiana poet and fiction writer, who often writes about New Orleans culture and music. Her published books are: Trains and Other Intrusions: Poems; French Quarter Poems; In The Sweet Balance of The Flesh; and Goodbye, Silver, Silver Cloud, a collection of New Orleans stories. A spoken word CD with jazz accompaniment "Live! On Frenchmen Street" was released in 2000. Performing with jazz or reading without accompaniment, Grue has appeared in night clubs: The Knitting Factory in New York, Snug Harbor, and True Brew in New Orleans. and at literary festivals: The Tennessee Williams and Faulkner Festivals, and Jazz Fest in New Orleans. As a Visiting Writer, she has conducted seminars and performed her work at La Universidad de Barcelona in Spain; at Librairie, an English language bookstore in Paris, Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa at an international symposium on “The Literature of Place" She has translated the work of Mexican poet David Huerta as part of “Bridging The Gulf”an exchange of four Mexico City poets and four new Orleans poets. The recipient of an NEA Fellowship; prizes in poetry and fiction from Deep South Writers; The Associated Writing Programs; and A PEN Syndicated Fiction Prize, Grue has taught at Tulane University, Westminster College, and Xavier University. She is the former Director of The New Orleans Poetry Forum and The First Backyard Poetry Theater and long time editor of The New Laurel Review. Grue is a member of The Authors Guild and is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Women.