Leila Chatti


Leila Chatti was born in 1990 in Oakland, California. A Tunisian-American dual citizen, she has lived in the United States, Tunisia, and Southern France. She is the author of the chapbooks Ebb (New-Generation African Poets) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editors’ Selection from Bull City Press. She holds a B.A. from the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University and an M.F.A. from North Carolina State University, where she was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize. She is the recipient of a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and fellowships and scholarships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, The Frost Place Conference on Poetry, and Dickinson House. Her poems have received awards and recognition from Ploughshares, Narrative Magazine, The Georgia Review, North American Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Third Coast, Nimrod, Southword Journal, and Best of the Net, and appear in Best New Poets, Ploughshares, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Georgia Review, New England Review, Gulf Coast, The Missouri Review, Cincinnati Review, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, West Branch, Pleiades, Narrative, The Rumpus, and other journals and anthologies. She currently serves as the Consulting Poetry Editor at the Raleigh Review and lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where she is the 2017-2018 Ron Wallace Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and teaches creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Prize anthology mentions

Pushcart (Poetry) 2018*

Pushcart (Poetry) 2021

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