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 will be published by Finishing Line Press.
He serves as executive director of the nonprofit Literary Cleveland, whose mission is to help writers develop their craft, create a strong network of writers, and connect writers to the community.