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— Books & Things —

Lenk writes poetry and fiction across many genres (primarily spec, YA, and transgressive). He is currently unagented.

He received the 2017 Bettye Newman Poetry Award for a little something called Persephone Before the Underworld; his work also appears in USF’s Thread literary journal and TBL’s F(r)iction #10 (buy it here!). His YA spec/horror The Missing was released with Month 9 Books September of 2017 and has been nominated for the Walter Dean Myers Award 2018, as well as requested for review by the Stonewall Youth Subcommittee.

Lenk has had the honor of working with award-winning and spearheading writers such as creative nonfiction author Ira Sukrungruang, Yale-published poet Jay Hopler, and theater critic/playwright Mark Leib. 


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Beware the call of the Black Cross ... 

It is 1890, and London has secrets. For sixteen-year-old Will Winchester, born Willow Winchester and raised as a young man, the safety of his own secrets rests one atop the other. Hiding his gender queerness is important. But so is hiding the ghostly voices of the Missing, which Will hears when no one else can.