Joanne Leva


An advocate for creative writing and community service, Joanne Leva is the founder and executive director of the Montgomery County Poet Laureate Program (MCPL), a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the arts by offering many community-based opportunities and online programs for residents of Montgomery County, PA and beyond.

Joanne has been writing and performing her original poetry since 1991 and has organized poetry readings at at the Souderton Art Jam for 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Headhouse Square for Earth Day, the Seven Arts Fest on South Street, The Theater of Living Arts, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The James A. Michener Museum, The Mutter Museum, World Café, The Logan Inn, Ambler Theater, Farley’s Bookshop, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  

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Artistic Statement:
Joanne offers poetic insight with the same tenacity with which she approaches her writing life. She has conducted an exhaustive effort to relate the theory of postminimalism to poetry on the page. Her disciplined method of exploration begins with recognizing the significance and brevity of the present moment. This awareness is the foundation for many of her poems.