Mary Leonard taught at Kingston High School for thirty years where she co-wrote a senior elective, In A Different Voice, which concentrated on American history, politics and literature and was the final course in the Law Program. While at Kingston she was a recipient of three NEH awards to study poetry and a Fulbright to study education in Brazil. After her retirement she taught at UCCC and Trinity College and wrote on assignment for a local newspaper.
Her first love has always been poetry and fiction and she has published in numerous print and on line journals. Two most recent poems can be read in The Blue Collar Journal and in the collection of poems re Vietnam from Perfume River. She has been an associate of the Language and Thinking program since 1990, teaching workshops on campus and providing professional development for schools in the Hudson Valley. She presently works for Bard's MAT program.