What a luxury to have an entire hour to myself to read from my book! It was such fun! I planned and practiced, so I feel it went well. I’m grateful to Kathleen Kirk, John Fischer, the rest of the staff, and the Foundation. You can view many other poetry readings on their Poetry is... Continue Reading →
I would like to invite you….
…to a free online poetry event sponsored by Normal Public Library (in Normal, Illinois). I’ll be reading from my book “Three-Penny Memories: A Poetic Memoir” (Experiments in Fiction, 2032) and answering your questions. I’m very excited to have this time to share my poetic memoir with you all. The event will be on Tuesday, March... Continue Reading →
EIF Titles: Kindle Sale!
My publisher, EIF- Experiments in Fictions, is having a sale of its Kindle books! Just in time for the holidays! Ingrid Wilson, owner and editor of EIF, has had a great first year with best sellers! Congratulations, Ingrid! It has been a year since I launched Experiments in Fiction as a business, and what a... Continue Reading →
Video Reading: “Mom and I Play Lassos with Our Hysterectomy Scars”
Nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Ingrid Wilson, Editor and Owner of EIF, Experiments in Fiction. This poem is in my debut poetry collection, "Three Penny Memories: A Poetic Memoir", which opened on Amazon as the #1 Release in Family Poetry. Since then it has been on and off the best-seller list in three categories.... Continue Reading →
An Insightful Review of Three-Penny Memories
I’m humbled and grateful for this review written by Aarik Danielsen, the Arts and Culture Editor for the Columbia Tribune. He’s an amazing writer, and I felt moved to tears. He truly witnessed my soul. https://www.columbiatribune.com/story/entertainment/books/2022/11/05/how-columbia-author-barbara-leonhard-faced-griefs-pointed-questions/69610771007/ Barbara Harris Leonhard Amazon Best-Selling Author Three-Penny Memories: A Poetic Memoir, (EIF-Experiments in Fiction, 2022) Pushcart Poet Nominee, 2022... Continue Reading →
Our Tears Bent the Sun
My Zoom book launch went very well, but unfortunately it wasn’t recorded. Therefore, we won’t have a YouTube video. If you look back through my posts, I have one with links to four audio recordings from the book, and I’m considering making some short videos for YouTube, which I will share. You can find that... Continue Reading →
Out Now! ‘Three-Penny Memories: A Poetic Memoir’ — Experiments in Fiction
Ingrid Wilson, my publisher (EIF- Three-Penny Memories) posted this before my Zoom Launch event started. My reading went very well. Unable to sleep, I stayed up most of the night promoting the launch and outlining my reading. Despite my lack of sleep, I felt energized by the love and support. I cried and choked on... Continue Reading →
Three-Penny Memories is live on Amazon!
The day has arrived when my baby is delivered into your welcoming arms! Thank you, everyone, for all your growing support in the past few weeks. I’ve posted readings, more memories and background stories, and reviews of Three-Penny Memories on my blog. Today there is a Zoom launch party hosted by my publisher, Ingrid Wilson... Continue Reading →
‘Three-Penny Memories’ launches tomorrow!
It’s with great gratitude and joy to see my debut poetic memoir launch tomorrow on Amazon. The Zoom launch party invite is included in my publisher’s post here. I hope you can attend. It would mean the world to me. My poems are heartfelt and revealing, so I feel vulnerable. However, the support I’m getting... Continue Reading →
Does Grief Ever Die?
For several years, with the help of supportive siblings, I was Mom’s main caregiver as her case of Alzheimer’s progressed. I had finally convinced my mother to move closer to one of her seven kids, and she chose me. When I told my uncle that news, he asked, “Barbara, do you love your mother?” I... Continue Reading →