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Lenore feeding donkeys

Lenore Hart is a writer, poet, teacher, and editor. She's the author of the novels Waterwoman, Ordinary Springs, Becky: The Life and Loves of Becky Thatcher, The Raven's Bride, and, writing as Elisabeth Graves, Black River and Devil's Key. She's also series editor of The Night Bazaar fantastic fiction anthologies, including Volume One: Eleven Haunting Tales of Forbidden wishes and Dangerous Desires (2017) and Volume Two: Thirteen Haunting Tales of Venice (Summer 2020). Volume Three, set in London, will appear in fall of 2023. Books for younger readers are T. Rex at Swan Lake and The Treasure of Savage Island.

Her short stories and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines and journals.

She's represented by literary agent Andrew Zack, and is also a developmental editor for Kevin Anderson and Associates in New York City.


Lenore taught fiction at the undergraduate and graduate level for many years at various colleges and universities, including Old Dominion and Wilkes University. She's core fiction faculty at the Ossabaw Island Writers Retreat, and serves on the boards of the Irish Writers Union, Irish Copyright Licensing Agency, and (beginning in spring 2023) the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin. She's the fiction acquisitions editor at Northampton House Press. Lenore served as president of the Northampton Free Library board during the fundraising campaign and building of the first new library in her rural Virginia county in many years.


When not writing or editing Hart enjoys landscaping, reading, and acting in regional theater. She lives in a c.1869 farmhouse on the Chesapeake Bay with her husband, novelist David Poyer, along with several cats and peahens.