Leslie Marie Aguilar originally hails from the heartland of Texas. She received her MFA from Indiana University, where she served as the Poetry Editor of Indiana Review. Her work has been supported by the National Society of Arts and Letters and the Fine Arts Work Center. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Callaloo, Hobart, Ninth Letter, Rattle, Sonora Review, The Journal, and Washington Square Review among others. She is the author of Mesquite Manual (New Delta Review, 2015), and joined SEL as Managing Editor in March 2020.