Laura LeHew grew up in the Midwest where she spent her childhood summers playing Man from U.NC.L.E and chasing fireflies. Widely published her collections include: Let Widows Be Widows (Unsolicited Press) 2022, themed around the elegiac, Dear John--(The Poetry Box) 2021 themed around love and divorce, Buyer’s Remorse (Tiger’s Eye Press—Infinities) poems on abuse, Becoming (Another New Calligraphy) a non-linear discourse on alcoholism and dementia, Willingly Would I Burn, (MoonPath Press) themed around math and science, It’s Always Night, It Always Rains, (Winterhawk Press) murder/noir and Beauty (Tiger’s Eye Press) fairy tales. She is actively seeking a home for her manuscript What She Carries Concealed and is currently at work on a collection Front Towards Enemy about the death of her sister.
In her alternate life Laura was active in the high-tech industry for over thirty-five years. Her company Deer Run Associates, Inc. provided Computer Forensic investigations and Information Security consulting services to select clients across the United States, and throughout the world working with law enforcement and commercial organizations on some of the largest and most high-profile cybercrime cases in recent years.
Laura received her MFA from the California College of the Arts. She was on the steering committee for the Lane Literary Guild and facilitated the 1st and 3rd critique group. Laura held various positions for the Oregon Poetry Association including President, Contest Chair and Cascadia editor, she co-hosted a reading series, Poetry for the People which ran for 4 seasons and has received residencies to Hypatia-in-the-Wood, PLAYA, the Montana Artists Refuge and Soapstone. Laura owns and edits Uttered Chaos, a small press which publishes books of poetry by NW writers. She is the recipient of the 2021 Oregon Poetry Association’s (OPA) Patricia Ruth Banta Award which honors an individual or group that made a significant contribution to Oregon poetry and to OPA’s mission. Laura spent the pandemic taking photos of rivers and roses.
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