Originally from one of the many suburbs of Dallas, Texas, Les Kay is the author of the full-length collection At Whatever Front (Sundress Publications 2016). He is also the author of the chapbooks Badass (Lucky Bastard Press 2015) and The Bureau (Sundress Publications 2015) as well as a co-author of the collaborative poetry chapbook Heart Radicals (ELJ Publications 2016). His poems have been published widely in journals such as Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The McNeese Review, PANK, Redactions, Santa Clara Review, South Dakota Review, Whiskey Island, and The White Review, and his short fiction has been published in journals such as khadar koli and Hermeneutic Chaos Journal.
By the age of 23, he had earned a BA in Creative Writing and Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA from the University of Miami, where he was a James Michener Fellow and the managing editor of Mangrove. After working for a decade in the private sector as a copy editor and instructional designer, he returned to academia to complete a PhD in English & Comparative Literature with a focus on Creative Writing/Poetry at the University of Cincinnati.
After two years as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at UC, Les became a stay-at-home dad for two small dogs while working as a freelance editor, writer, and instructional designer in Cincinnati. He also volunteers as an Associate Poetry Editor for Stirring: A Literary Collection and as the editor of Chapbook Review.