Leonard Gontarek is the author of three books of poems: Zen For Beginners, Van Morrison Can't Find His Feet, and St. Genevieve Watching Over Paris. His poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, American Poetry Review, The Quarterly, American Writing, Mudfish, Field, Exquiste Corpse, CrossConnect, among others. He is a Pew Poetry Finalist, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and is a recipient of a poetry fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts.
He is the editor of two books of children's poetry and is a contributing editor for the American Poetry Review. He has coordinated 500 poetry events in the Philadelphia area since 1991, presently The Philadelphia Reading Series at Book Corner. Of his work, Maureen Owen says,"Leonard Gontarek reminds us of the bizarre and miraculous that goes on happening every ordinary minute, hushed and surreal, all around us."