Steven Leyva

Steven Leyva

Steven Leyva was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and raised in Houston, Texas. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 2 Bridges Review, Fledgling Rag, the Light Ekphrastic, jubilat, Vinyl, and Prairie Schooner. He is a Cave Canem fellow and author of the chapbook Low Parish. Steven holds an MFA from the University of Baltimore, where he is an assistant professor in the Klein Family School of Communications Design.


26 entries by Steven Leyva

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The Costumes of Fandom

They may look different, but they’re all the same.

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Psych-Verse

How motivational-interviewing tactics can help in poetry workshops.

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Ready for Relaunch

How to proceed if your book came out during the pandemic.

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Anime Film Club

Spark vibrant discussions with these picks.

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We Usually Take All Nerdy Guests

How introducing my kids to the Wu-Tang Clan reminded me of art’s endurance.

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“Another Beer”

A few thoughts on William Matthews.

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Notes from the Beach

Sensing poetry in the waves.

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The Art of Friendship

Returning to “Sci-Fi and Supper” after a year apart.

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Substance & Substitute

Why I may soon give up Zoom poetry readings.

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Imaginative Inspiration

The value of a nerdy prompt.

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A Phantom Jab

The narrative lyric and licked chops in Alan King’s Crooked Smiling Light.

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The Ballroom of the First Draft

What Jane Austen has to say about dancing with your own work.

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Advice from “Avatar”

Why we should bend the elements of isolation.

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Odd Couples

Quirky anime-and-literature pairings to ponder while in quarantine.

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Graceful Gratitude

Celebrate more than you want to be celebrated.

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A Toy Story

The nerd, the poet, and the ritual object

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Inner Sanctum

What it means to be “inside” a poem.

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Into the Spider Verse

The unexpected places where poems start writing themselves.

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How to Write a Nerdy Poem

After “Assumptions” by Richard Hugo.

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4 Reasons to Watch Pro Wrestling

Why poets and writers should tune in more often.

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Community Trifecta

Similarities among the comic-book shop, the barbershop, and the workshop

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5 Nerdy Revision Exercises

Unusual ways to rethink your poem-in-progress

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Proscenium Arch

How my inner theater nerd helped me to be a better poet.

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The Best Sandbox Ever

The surprising parallels between poetry and video games.

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Sequential Imagination

Comic-book panels, the stanza, and time

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The Poetics of Anime

What writers can learn from watching Japanese cartoons