Catching Up With Lee Colin Thomas

Where can we read some of your recent work? 

I have several pieces in Narrative Magazine, an online journal that publishes a great mix of work from new writers as well as names you know. The editors there have been terrific to me. 

I’m also really excited to have my first book coming out this fall. The collection is called Honey in the Dark and is being published by Brighthorse Books.

What are you reading right now? 

Within the last year, a book that has really stuck with me is The Last Note Becomes Its Listener by Jeffrey Morgan (Conduit Books 2019). Morgan’s collection is imaginative and moving, and the writing manages to be both inventive and utterly clear. There are many poems in the book that I enjoy and admire. One in particular is called “What the Death of the Phone Booth Means to Me” about Superman changing clothes. The poem manages to be really funny, a little risqué, and emotionally touching all at once – what a combination to pull off!

What’s next for you?

I’m hoping to have a launch event for Honey in the Dark this fall, assuming public health conditions allow gatherings when the book comes out. I’ll also be doing other readings around that time, including one with Michael Bazzett and Michael Kleber-Diggs at Content Bookstore in my home town of Northfield.


Lee Colin Thomas is the author of Honey in the Dark, winner of the 2020 Brighthorse Prize. Lee’s poems have appeared in Poet Lore, Water~Stone Review, Narrative Magazine, and other journals. Professionally, Lee teaches technical communication at the University of Minnesota. Personally, he aspires to enjoy martinis with Judy Woodruff of the PBS Newshour.