The Poet

Laurie Suzanne Lessen-Reiche

This year’s Charlotte Newberger Poetry Competition winner was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1955. She is a widely published poet now living in Northern California. A “serious autodidact,” she says it took her many years to find an emotionally safe way to turn her attention to studying the Holocaust. “That safety came with Susan Gubar’s important book. Poetry After Auschwitz—Remembering What One Never Knew. I began a journey back through and into the Holocaust.”