Copies of I Know When to Keep Quiet

Chapbook, I Know When to Keep Quiet, now available at:
Anthology, Everyday Escape Poems, now available at:


Poet. Writer. Educator. Reader. Since childhood, Dawn Leas has been fascinated by words and the paths they take to form stories both fictional and true. She invites you to meander around her site, read a few of her poems, learn about what has lead her to this point, and see where she is heading.

Her chapbook,  I Know When to Keep Quiet, was released by Finishing Line Press in 2010. In 2014, a collection of her poems was included in Everyday Escape Poems, an anthology of nine poets released by SwanDive Publishing.

Her work has appeared on Cumberland River Review, The Pedestal Magazine, goldwakepress.org, Willows Wept Review, Writers’ Bloc, Poetry in Transit, Southern Women’s Review, Literary Mama, San Pedro River Review, Connecticut River Review and Interstice, as well as Images: Written and Photographed, Blue, and Ripasso.

Leas earned a B.A. in Communication with a minor in English from the University of Scranton. She worked as an advertising copywriter and freelancer before working in the admission office of an independent school and as a middle-school English teacher. She has also worked as an adjunct, taught ESL and middle-school writing workshops and presentations, and as an associate director of a M.A./M.F.A. Creative Writing program. Currently, she is the assistant to the President at Wilkes University.

Listen to Dawn’s interviews with Erika Funke on WVIA’s “ArtScene.”

Release of I Know When To Keep Quiet

Library Express Reading – John Amen and Friends

Watch Mulberry Poets & Writers Association Members read at The Bowery Club


Reviews of I Know When to Keep Quiet:



Read  book reviews and an interview by Dawn in Poets’ Quarterly:




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