Leanne Grabel is a poet, a teacher, and co-founder of Café Lena, site of Portland’s longest running poetry open mike. Known for her poetry-based theatrical performances and illustrated poetry chapbooks, including Anne Sexton Was A Sexpot and The Last Weekend of Sylvia Plath, Grabel is currently a special ed and language arts teacher working with underserved youth. A fictional multi-media performance based on her experience called “badgirls”, was presented in late 2011. A newly published chapbook of prose poems, badgirls, was the basis of the performance. Grabel’s stretched memoir brontosaurus was published in late 2011. Grabel won the Silcox Award in 2012, an is currently working on graphic poetry and a children's book series called The Little Poet supported by a Regional Arts and Culture Council literary grant.
Recognizing the need for poetry in our lives, the Oregon Poetic Voices Project (OPV) is a comprehensive digital archive of poetry readings that will complement existing print collections of poetry across the state.
"We each carry lines of poetry with us. Words that others have written float back to us and stay with us, indelibly. We clutch these "life lines" like totems, repeat them as mantras, and summon them for comfort and laughter."
-Academy of American Poets