Lee Chilcote lives in a 1900 Victorian in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife, Katherine, and their three children. He has worked as a community organizer, real estate developer, writer and teacher. He attended Middlebury College, Lincoln College at Oxford University, and Cleveland State University, where he obtained a master’s degree in English and Creative Nonfiction and was awarded the Leonard Trawick Prize for Creative Writing.
Chilcote is a journalist, essayist and poet. His articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, Next City, Belt, Planning, Land and People and numerous other publications. His poetry and creative nonfiction have been published by Great Lakes Review, Pacific Review, Oyez Review, Blueline and others. His essays have appeared in the books Rust Belt Chic: A Cleveland Anthology, The Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook, and A Race Anthology. In 2017, his poetry chapbook The Shape of Home was published by Finishing Line Press.
He is co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit Literary Cleveland, whose mission is to create and nurture a vibrant literary arts community in Northeast Ohio. In 2017, he organized and contributed to Crossing Borders: Immigrant Narratives, a staged reading of immigration stories. Since its debut at Cleveland State University, Crossing Borders has been performed at Public Square, Gordon Square, and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.