Alphabetical list of Delaware authors (un-linked yet to be added; suggestions welcome)
William Francis Albensi
Marie Allen
Julianna Baggott
JoAnn Balingit
Ivan Bannowsky
Phillip Bannowsky
Kathleen Barrett
Mahasveta Barua
Nina Bennett
Michael Blaine
J. Alex Blane
Linda Blaskey
Robert Bohm
Susanne Bostick Allen
James Bourey
Melissa S. Boyd
Fleda Brown
Jamie Brown
Regina Bumbrey
Weldon Burge
Cindy Callaghan
Nancy Carol-Willis
Carolyn Cecil
John Ciriafici
Anne Colwell
Shannon Connor Winward
Robert Hambling Davis
Jean Davis
Marisa de Los Santos
Ramona deFelice Long
Liz DeJesus
Viet Dinh
Elizabeth Dolan
Buck Downs
Ken Doyle
Jen Epler
Beth Evans
Linda Evans
Irene Fick
Shea Garvin
Patrice Gibbs
Pat Goodman
Terry Aine Griffin
Gary Hanna
Vanessa Haley
Hina Haq
Crystal Heidel
Marsha Henderson
William H. Horner
Frank E. Hopkins
Arlene Humphrey
Gail Husch
Wendy Ingersoll
K. B. Inglee
Cassandra JerVey
Maria Keane
Larry W. Kelts
L. S. King
Elizabeth J. Kolodziej
Karl Kuerner
Gerry LaFemina
e. jean Lanyon
Steven Leech
Phil Linz
Franetta McMillian
Robert Mallouk
Maria Masington
Abby Millager
Jane Miller
Devon Miller-Duggan
Douglas Morea
Shaun Mullen
Helen (Cookie) Ohlson
Leon Opio
Bobbie Palmer
Mary Pauer
Scott Phillips
Drury Pifer (1934-2012)
Kathryn Pincus
Francis Poole
Joseph Redden
Russell Reece
J.M. Reinbold
James Michael Robbins
David Robson
Maggie Rowe
Gibbons Ruark
Greg Schauer
Wendy Schermer
Christy Shaffer
David R. Slavitt
J. Gregory Smith
Cruce Stark
Pam Stebbins
K. A. Steed
Frederick Stroesner
Charles and Caroline Todd
Billie Travalini
Johnny M. Tucker, Jr.
Justynn Tyme
S. Scott Whitaker
Kelley Jean White
Roz Unruh
Pat Valdata
Jean Murray Walker
S. Scott Whitaker
Robert Yearick
Lara M. Zeises




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Steven Leech
I have long held that Steven Leech is Delaware’s pre-eminent person of letters. He is a writer, critic, editor, archivist, journalist, promoter, disk jockey, and investigator of Delaware literary, musical, and visual arts, especially works outside the canonical metropole. This summer (2015), Leech will see a vindication, of sorts, of his life of letters on the periphery through his collaboration with the Delaware Art Museum in Dream Streets: Art in Wilmington 1970–1990, (see sidebar) which will run June 27, 2015 through September 27, 2015. Leech edited the lit mag Dreamstreets almost from its founding in 1977 through issue #50 in 2006, and a commemorative Dreamstreets #51 has being published by the museum. Leech will be featured along with Dreamstreets alumni and new talent at a special Dreamstreets Downtown reading at the museum on July 18, 7-8 p.m. An early film by Leech, Having Come and Having Gone, is included in the exhibit. (Cont. below fold.)
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DELAWARE ART MUSEUM, June 27, 2015 - September 27, 2015 During the 1970s and 1980s, Wilmingtonians witnessed a flourishing artistic community and the establishment of many of the cultural pillars that continue to support the visual and performing arts within the city today. Organizations such as the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, the Delaware Humanities Forum, and the Delaware
Steven Leech’s scholarship uncoveres the critical edge of Delaware literature, from works that challenged Delaware’s slave economy to twentieth-century exposés of Chateau Country. Leech explains why he has chosen to take his stand outside the establishment but within Delaware boundaries in The Wedgehorn Manifesto: A Cultural Treatise from the Underground (2008):

Alphabetical list of historical Delaware regional authors (un-linked yet to be added; suggestions welcome)
John Biggs, Jr.
Mary Biggs
Robert Montgomery Bird
Henry Seidel Canby
Alice Dunbar-Nelson
George Lippard
John Lofland
John P. Marquand
Anne Parrish
Victor Thaddeus
George Alfred Townsend
Christopher Ward
Charles Wertenbaker
G. Peyton Wertenbaker
James Whaler

Theatre Company were founded during this period, as well as commercial galleries and city-supported arts initiatives. This landmark exhibition will plot the development of artistic trends within the Wilmington community and their relation to national creative trends
In his Manifesto, Leech rescues Delaware’s artistic legacy from the Memory Hole. He traces the history of Delaware jazz, rock and roll, the African-American press, the counter cultural and alternative press, 19th and 20th century authors, cinema, and visual artists, not only the Brandywine Tradition of Schoonover and Wyeth, but what Leech identifies as the Christina Tradition: Edward Grant, Edward Loper, and William D. White, who was featured recently at the Biggs Museum in Dover, thanks in part to efforts by Steven Leech. In the Manifesto, Leech calls for artists to be caretakers of the community conscience. For a free pdf copy of Wedgehorn Manifesto, email your request to Soon to be release is a companion piece to the Manifesto, A City of Ghosts.

Leech carries on a family tradition. His father, Steven Leech senior, was a writer for FDR’s Works Progress Administration and published in the 1938 Delaware: A Guide to the First State. The work was reprinted by the Historical Society of Delaware in 2006,and Leech the son wrote the introduction.
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during these two decades, showcasing craft and design, drawing, painting, performance art, photography, and sculpture. A comprehensive publication and a rich program of dance, film, music, and theatre will accompany the exhibition. Additionally, Steven Leech and a number of original Dreamsteets authors, as well as some new stars, will feature at a special literary reading July 18. (DAM Website; see below the fold.)
It is because I see a cultural presence here that has been driven underground—so far underground that it often doesn’t recognize itself. It is a presence that is the true outgrowth, product and result of its own cultural past. It is a past that I can almost remember, but a huge social and political gash that spans the post world War II era has severed us, until only recently, from that which defines us as a cultural community.
Steven Leech is founder of Dreamstreets Press, Broken Turtle Books, Broken Turtle Booklist, and the Delaware Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has also published numerous personal and whimsical imprints such as Screamweets, Creamtreats, Nemocolin Xpress, and Pinhead. In addition to editing Dreamstreets, Leech was editor of two African American Newspapers in Wilmington, The Delaware Spectator and The Delaware Valley Star, as well as Viewpoint, the public face of the University of Delaware Cosmopolitan Club. He was one of the founders in 1981 of 2nd Saturday Poets, now Delaware’s longest-running poetry venue. Recently Leech founded Dreamstreets Downtown, a reading currently held 3rd Saturdays at 3 p.m. at the Chris White Gallery in the middle of our struggling burg, Wilmington.

Leech is a leading radio personality. Folks in northern Delaware and three contiguous states know Leech through Even Steven’s Boptime, heard on WVUD
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91.3-FM Saturday mornings from 6 to 10 p.m. Boptime features popular music, jazz, and show tunes in their cultural, historical, and political contexts. One of the show’s regular features is “Cliffords Corner,” where Larry Williams, Bob Fleming, and Maurice Simms join Leech to tell of personal encounters with luminaries like Betty Roché, Lem and Daisy Winchester, and Clifford Brown. Another feature is Vietnam Rock, which Leech, a Vietnam veteran, uses as part tribute to the troops and part exposé of that dreadful conflict. Leech also produces Dreamstreets 26, a radio show on WVUD that has captured the voices Delaware poets and writers of the past half-century as well as readings from authors of the last 200 years. The show is currently broadcast Monday’s at 1 p.m. Leech even produced a video of this writer’s poem “String Quartet,” featuring the Delos String Quartet, for WHYY-TV12 in 1986.

Not only has Leech published many hundreds of incisive articles on politics, history, and the arts, but his fiction and poetry are as daring as anything by the predecessors he admires. Works such as Raw Suck, Untime, and 2000 Years are at times dark and painfully personal, sometimes humorous, and always prophetic. He floats his characters in and out of alternative universes, some hellish, some as life was supposed to be. His work is never lukewarm. As the Good Book says, the lukewarm the Lord spits from His mouth.

Steven Leech is the recipient of both Emerging and Established Artist fellowships from the Delaware Division of the Arts. Events associated with the exhibition at the Delaware Art Museum are available at the Museum’s Website.

Most of Steven Leech's literary works are listed on his Broken Turtle Booklist Page. There is also an archive of some of his works and old photos at Flying Snail. Of course, there is a wealth of Leech's literary productions at the Dreamstreets Archive.

DELAWARE ART MUSEUM, July 18, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dreamstreets was the seminal arts and literary journal of Wilmington from 1977 to 2001, publishing experimental poetry, fiction, and artwork by Bob Chartowich, John Hickey, Suzanne Michelle, Lew Bennett, Diane Wolf, e. jean lanyon, Steven Leech, and many others. This reading will feature several of the original Dreamstreets authors as well as Wilmington’s newest literary stars.

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This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities Forum, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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