Leigh Herrick is an award-winning, Pushcart-nominated poet and writer, as well as a past recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board grant. She is also an alumnus of Vermont Studio Center where, in 2001, just after 9/11, she wrote the bulk of her book Home Front.
Leigh was selected as one of “The Sixty-Four” best poets of 2019 by Black Mountain Press. An engaged poet and writer for over 30 years, Leigh’s work has included public performance, readings, and testimony at numerous coffee houses, bars, galleries, and institutions including The Loft, The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Public Schools, Hamline University (St. Paul), Amazon Bookstore (Minneapolis), A Room of One’s Own Bookstore (Madison, WI), Innisfree Poetry Bookstore (Boulder, CO), Vermont Studio Center, and Red Wing High School (MN). Her poetry, vispo, collaborations, and photography have most frequently been featured in surrealist and avant-garde publications.
Leigh spent 12 years training in traditional hand drumming and is ever-grateful for her beloved teachers, master drummers in their own right: Layne Redmond, Marcos “Chico” Perez, and Wallace Hill. Much of what is heard in Leigh's work is due to her long-standing interest and training in rhythmic traditions, including Afro-Caribbean conga and Middle Eastern frame drumming.
Leigh also writes fiction and creative non-fiction. Her work is often subversive, decidedly feminist, and always eco-conscious. Her poetry ranges from traditional forms to the experimental, avant-garde, and surreal. Leigh remains dedicated to helping eradicate all things non-egalitarian, and to re/membering Women and Girls who remain subject/s to the imposed limits of personal and political power due to their gender while surviving systems of patriarchy.
Leigh's mother died of vascular dementia in August 2023. Deeply impacted by the whole of her experience while caring and advocating for her mom, Leigh transitioned from caregiving to volunteering as a co-facilitator of a support group for Alzheimer's/Dementia Caregivers, and she completed her training with the Alzheimer's Association in 2024.
Leigh prefers working in fertile ground in all aspects of life. When not writing, she often has her hands in the soil and is engaged in restoration planting, gardening, and tending her edible yard, joined by her sidekicks, Gracie and Beni.