Marcia LeBeau is a New Jersey poet by way of Brooklyn by way of Pennsylvania. She stumbled into poetry by accident when she wrote a radio ad for Courvoisier Cognacwhich was deemed spoken word poetry. From there she took her words to the stage performing most notably at the Sugar Shack in Harlem and other venues throughout New York City. In 2010, she was runner-up in the Bowery Poetry Club’s One Club Poetry Slam, after which Bob Holman nicknamed her “Lady Zoyzia.”


Poetry led her to the classroom in Washington Heights to teach for New York Scores where she taught fifth-grade girls in an after-school literacy program which combined poetry and soccer. For her work with New York Scores, she received the Most Outstanding Writing Coach. She also trained with Urban Word in poetry pedagogy. 


Marcia LeBeau's work has appeared in Rattle, Moon City Review, SLANT, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in poetry from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. She recently opened The Write Space, a literary hub for co-writing, workshops and events in the Valley Arts District of Orange, NJ.  

Goody Girl

The woman on my hairband packaging looks

like my friend Heather. So much so that I say hello

to her every time I slide a black ring of rubber down

the cardboard, grasping desperately to any strand 

of happiness the morning will offer.  

Published in decomP, July 2016



BIG NEWS— The Write Space

On January 1, 2020, The Write Space officially opened its doors. And January 24, 2020 was the launch party. The space is a literary hub for co-writing, workshops and readings in The Valley Arts District of Orange, NJ. Go to thewritespacenj.com for details and become a subscriber to learn about events. Please reach out to me with questions: info@thewritespace.com

Poetry Out Loud Judge

On Feb. 5 & Feb. 12, 2020, I will be judging the Region 4 & 5 New Jersey Poetry Out Loud Competition at Mayo Performing Arts Center and SOPAC.


Moon City Review accepted my poem, “Training” for the 2020 issue which will be released at AWP in San Antonio, TX.

Judging Student Poetry Slam for Montclair Book Festival,

March 26, 2020, 6-8pm. 

The Sanctuary at the First Congregational Church of Montclair


South Mountain School Artist-in-Residence

I will again be the artist-in-residence for South Mountain Elementary School’s 5th grade. Looking forward to working with the students for four days culminating performance on April 3, 2020.


NJPAC Teaching Artist

In October 2019, after an extensive audition and interview process, I became an NJPAC teaching artist. I will have the opportunity to represent NJPAC in Poetic Justice residencies in schools throughout New Jersey. 

Pushcart Prize Nomination

Many thanks to Adam Brooke Davis and Joe Benevento, the editors of Green Hills Literary Lantern, for nominating my poem, “Directives for Temptation” for a 2019 Pushcart Prize. 




Saturday, 2/22/20, 7-10pm: Co-featured poet with Kenneth Hart: North Jersey’s Literary Community Reading Series, Classic Quiche, Teaneck, NJ, free admission


Saturday, 3/7/20, 3-5 pm: Performing in The Vagina Monologues, CSLNJ, Caldwell, NJ. $25 tickets 


Saturday, 3/21/20, 1-4 pm: Girl Talk, group poetry reading at The Caldwell Public Library, free admission with a reception immediately following 





Sunday, 5/4/19- South Mountain Poets 32nd Annual Reading at The Burgdorff Center, Maplewood, NJ - 2 pm  

Friday, 1/25/19 - The Rectangle Studio & Gallery, Broadsides: Art, Poetry, and Partnership. Opening and reading with Mary Tautin Moloney-7pm




Marcia is available to teach poetry workshops at the pre-K, elementary, secondary and high school levels.

Teaching Schedule


March/April 2020

South Mountain School, 5th Grade




© 2020 Marcia LeBeau