Leininger’s collection, “The Way I’ll Leave You,” was selected by Judge Mark Doty, who wrote:
“This fresh, livewire collection introduces a distinctive new voice, a deeply ingratiating speaker who’s flirtatious, tender, knowing, tough enough to get by but not too tough to avoid getting her heart broken. In these poems love is gorgeous, slippery, and hard to live in. Here, Jill Leininger tells us, ‘More than one woman is crying. Come to the liquid edge…see our wings span the city…I bet you’ve never loved a bird like us. We’re so beautiful, it hurts’.”
A 2011 Lambda Literary Fellow, Jill Leininger’s poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in cream city review, Poetry International, and the Harvard Review Online. “Roof Picnic Skies, New York,” a chapbook of prose poems, was also published by dancing girl press in February 2012.