Leisha Douglas , Photo by Leslye Smith

Leisha Douglas has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Union Institute, M.A. M.Ed. in counseling psychology from the Teachers’ College of Columbia University, and an M.A. in communications from Fairfield University. In addition to her writing career, she was a professional psychotherapist and part-time yoga teacher blessed to help others in their deeply intimate, personal explorations for the past twenty-five years. In 1994, she placed second in the “Grand Dame” short story contest co-sponsored by The New Yorker and Veuve Clicquot. Her chapbook, The Season of Drunken Bees, received special mention in The Comstock Review’s Niles 2009 Chapbook Competition. Her poems have appeared in The Alembic, Sanskrit, Forge Literary Journal, The Cortland Review, Ghoti andGinbender Poetry Review. From 2001 to 2010, she codirected the Katonah Poetry Series with former Poet Laureate Billy Collins and currently serves as a poetry consultant to the series committee. She also designed and coproduced a poetry program for high school students called Poetry Live from 2002 to 2005.