Lee Chilcote is a journalist, poet and author whose writing has been published by Vanity Fair, Next City, Belt and many literary journals as well as in The Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook, The Cleveland Anthology and A Race Anthology: Dispatches and Artifacts from a Segregated City.
He is editor of The Land, a local news startup that reports on Cleveland’s neighborhoods. He was awarded 2nd place for Best Freelance Writer in Ohio by the Cleveland Press Club in 2020.
From 2015-2018, he served as founder and executive director of Literary Cleveland, creating a vibrant literary arts organization that reached thousands of readers and writers annually through programs such as Cleveland Inkubator, Cleveland Stories, and Gordon Square Review.
He is the author of the poetry chapbooks The Shape of Home and How to Live in Ruins. His poem “Catching Sunfish” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and The Shape of Home was nominated for the Society of Midland Authors Award in Poetry.
Prior to creating Literary Cleveland, Chilcote served as editor of Fresh Water Cleveland, editorial director for Issue Media Group, and Marketing Director and New Construction Project Manager for Progressive Urban Real Estate.
Chilcote has taught creative writing and literature at Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland Public Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library and others. He is a singer-songwriter who has written and performed original songs at independent venues.
He attended Middlebury College, Lincoln College at Oxford University, and Cleveland State University, where he obtained master’s degrees in English/Creative Nonfiction and Public Administration and was awarded the Leonard Trawick Prize for Creative Writing and the Robert E. and Ada Hagan Public Service Scholarship.
He lives in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood of Cleveland in a 1900 Victorian house with his wife, Katherine, and their three children.