As a poet, lyricist, and librettist whose work is inspired by the local, historical, and mythopoeic, Leonard is a frequent collaborator with composers and other musicians, and is the librettist for the operas Marie Curie Learns to Swim (music by composer Jessica Rudman); The Harbingers (music by Rossa Crean); Tobermory (music by Edd Caine), and Sense of Self (music by Lisa Neher; in progress). Her texts have been set by composers Jessica Rudman, Jena Root, Allyssa Jones, and Jen Wang and performed by the Choral Arts Initiative and Hartford Opera Theater, among others. Her first chapbook, Making Mythology, was published in 2020 by Louisiana Literature Press, and her novella in verse, Protectress,  will be published in 2022 by Unsolicited Press. Individual poems appear in numerous publications including vox poetica, lunch, These Fragile Lilacs, and Upstart: Out of Sequence: The Sonnets Remixed, among other venues.

Read Leonard’s artist statement and more about her libretti, lyrics, plays, and poetry.

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