Lesléa Newman (born 1955, Brooklyn, NY) is the author of over 50 books including Heather Has Two Mommies, A Letter To Harvey Milk, Writing From The Heart, In Every Laugh a Tear, The Femme Mystique, Still Life with Buddy, Fat Chance and Out of the Closet and Nothing to Wear.
She has received many literary awards including Poetry Fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Highlights for Children Fiction Writing Award, the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement, and two Pushcart Prize Nominations.


Nine of her books have been Lambda Literary Award finalists.
Ms. Newman wrote Heather Has Two Mommies, the first children’s book to portray lesbian families in a positive way, and has followed up this pioneering work with several more children’s books on lesbian and gay families: Gloria Goes To Gay Pride, Belinda’s Bouquet, Too Far Away to Touch, and Saturday Is Pattyday.


She is also the author of many books for adults that deal with lesbian identity, Jewish identity and the intersection and collision between the two. Other topics Ms. Newman explores include AIDS, eating disorders, butch/femme relationships and sexual abuse. Her award-winning short story, A Letter To Harvey Milk has been made into a film and adapted for the stage.


In addition to being an author, Ms. Newman is a popular guest lecturer, and has spoken on college campuses across the country including Harvard University, Yale University, the University of Oregon, Bryn Mawr College, Smith College and the University of Judaism. From 2005-2009, Lesléa was a faculty member of the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. Currently, she is the Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA.

Books in order of publication:

Good Enough to Eat1986
A Letter to Harvey Milk: Short Stories1988
Heather Has Two Mommies1989
Belinda’s Bouquet1989
Secrets1990
Gloria Goes to Gay Pride1991
Somebody to Love: A Guide to Loving the Body You Have1991
Eating Our Hearts Out: Personal Accounts of Women’s Relationship to Food1993
Saturday Is Pattyday1993
Love Me Like You Mean It1993
Fat Chance1994
Every Woman’s Dream1994
The Femme Mystique1995
A Loving Testimony: Remembering Loved Ones Lost to AIDS: An Anthology1995
Too Far Away to Touch1995
My Lover Is a Woman1996
Remember That1996
Matzo Ball Moon1998
Pillow Talk: Lesbian Stories Between the Covers1998
Little Butch Book1998
In Every Laugh a Tear1998
Out of the Closet and Nothing to Wear2000
Girls Will Be Girls: A Novella and Short Stories2000
Pillow Talk II: More Lesbian Stories Between the Covers2000
Cats, Cats, Cats!2001
Runaway Dreidel!2002
She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not: Romantic Fiction2002
Dogs, Dogs, Dogs!2002
Bedroom Eyes: Stories of Lesbians in the Boudoir2002
Felicia’s Favorite Story2002
The Best Short Stories of Lesléa Newman2003
Pigs, Pigs, Pigs!2003
Write from the Heart: Inspiration and Exercises for Women Who Want to Write2003
Hachiko Waits2004
The Boy Who Cried Fabulous2004
A Fire Engine for Ruthie2004
Where Is Bear?2004
Jailbait2005
The Eight Nights of Chanukah2005
The Best Cat in the World2006
Skunk’s Spring Surprise2007
Daddy’s Song2007
Mommy, Mama, and Me2009
Daddy, Papa, and Me2009
The Reluctant Daughter2009
Just Like Mama2010
Miss Tutu’s Star2010
Donovan’s Big Day2011
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard2012
A Sweet Passover2012
A Kiss on the Keppie2012
Here Is the World: A Year of Jewish Holidays2014
Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed2015
I Carry My Mother2015
My Name Is Aviva2015
Hanukkah Delight!2016
Sparkle Boy2017
Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story2019
Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail2020
Remembering Ethan2020