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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,

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.

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,

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,

VoyageHouston Interview

I was interviewed by VoyageHouston about my work and living in the city. I talk about my journey as a creative  writer, living with lupus, collaboration with great folks like Lisa Neher, Jessica Rudman, George Harvey, Stephen Vincent Casellas, Double

Theaterkrant review of the One Voice Project Micro-Opera Festival

Critic Thea Dirks reviews the One Voice Project Micro-Opera Festival, giving it the Critics’ Choice Award! Read here for the original Dutch or below for an English translation. Lisa Neher, Kendra Leonard One Voice Project Virtual Micro Opera Festival STRONG

Pauline Alderman Award

I’m honored and delighted to have received the International Alliance for Women in Music‘s Pauline Alderman Award for Best Scholarly Article or Book Chapter for “Women at the Pedals: Female Cinema Musicians During the Great War,” which appeared in  Over

Interview in the Houston Chronicle

I had a wonderful time talking with Lawrence Elizabeth Knox of the Houston Chronicle about the One Voice Project Micro-Opera Festival, life in Houston, and the arts. Read it all here.

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