Leslie McGrath authored two poetry collections, Feminists Are Passing from Our Lives (The Word Works, 2018) and Opulent Hunger, Opulent Rage (Main Street Rag, 2009), which was a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award for poetry; two chapbooks, and the satiric novella in verse Out From the Pleiades (Jaded Ibis Press, 2014). Her poems appeared in such journals as Alimentum, Beloit Poetry Journal, AGNI, Black Warrior Review, Connecticut Review, DIAGRAM, Poetry Ireland, AGNI Online, Nimrod, The Awl, The Common, and Slate. Winner of the 2004 Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for poetry, she taught creative writing and literature at Central Connecticut State University and was editor of The Tenth Gate, a poetry imprint of The Word Works. Her interviews with poets appeared regularly in The Writers Chronicle and were broadcast on public radio. She died of cancer in August 2020.