Lesley Clinton’s chapbook of poems, Calling the Garden from the Grave (Finishing Line Press), placed 2nd among books of creative verse in the National Federation of Press Women 2021 Communications Contest. In 2019 Clinton received the Lucille Johnson Clarke Memorial award from Houston Poetry Fest. Her poetry and book reviews have appeared in publications such as America, THINK, Mezzo Cammin, The Windhover, Presence, Reformed Journal, Christianity & Literature, Texas Poetry Calendar, Ever Eden, and Ekstasis Magazine.
Clinton has a Master of Arts in Teaching and is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of St. Thomas. She teaches high school English and is editor in chief of The Chronicle of Strake Jesuit College Preparatory. She serves as a board member of Catholic Literary Arts.