Author: Kendra Leonard

Book reviews: new SFF, poetry, and history

The Peculiarities by David Liss. 2/5 David Liss is known for his somewhat baroque novels usually dealing with finance or speculation or similar matters revolving around money, and this novel is no different. In an England where people are turning

Creating the Poetry Chapbook

This summer, join me in Creating the Poetry Chapbook, where we’ll write, curate, and develop a collection of poems for publication! All poets working in all forms and genres are welcome. Creating the Poetry Chapbook INSTRUCTOR: Kendra Preston Leonard TIME: Mondays,

Fit the action to the word

Composer Emily Doolittle has raised some interesting and important points about text-setting. Emily–an excellent, thoughtful composer and person–wrote: “Poets: how would you feel if a composer (thoughtfully) cut out a few words from your poem when setting it to music?

Sense of Self, a new opera

On 27 June 2021, Opera Elect will premiere Sense of Self, a 10-minute opera for soprano, mezzo-soprano, and piano by Lisa Neher and me. The premiere is part of a three-work program also including composer Jessi Harvey’s The Anthropocene Vignettes,

Reviews: gorgeous poetry, Asian-inspired fantasy, and more

Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night by Morgan Parker. 2/5 This did not do much for me. There were excellent passages but as a whole it felt frenetic and often jumbled, a very free stream-of-consciousness output but one

Coming 5 June 2021: Renew Your Love for Writing: All-Genre Generative Workshop

Join me for this workshop offered by Writespace! You can be located anywhere in the world for this, and writers of all genres and levels of experience are welcome. You can become a member here, or register as a non-member.

Reviews: Jewish SFF, material history, nonfiction, and lots of witches

The Mismatch by Sara Jafari. 2/5 This book is an excellent illustration of the damage done to women by misogynist, patriarchal religions–not just more conservative forms of Islam, but also various flavors of Judaism and Christianity–in which women are owned

An Index to The Tuneful Yankee and Melody Magazine

I am pleased to announce that my book An Index to The Tuneful Yankee and Melody Magazine is now available at Humanities Commons at From the Introduction: An Index to The Tuneful Yankee and Melody Magazine (1917-1930) In 1917,

Reviews: horror, non-fiction, and a novel in verse

Paradise by Lizzie Johnson. 5/5 This is a compelling and very clear account of the Camp Fire that destroyed most of Paradise, California. Johnson has done enormous amounts of research to get the human details of this story right, and

Cassandra, or Don’t Girls Love Horses

A nice mention in SF Classical Voice today about my Cassandra-inspired piece with Jessica Rudman, Cassandra, or Don’t Girls Love Horses, which will be premiered on 17 April! Here’s the full text of the piece, originally titled Girls Love Horses,

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