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We Never Leave Home
January 28, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Leisa grew up in the 1950s on a southern Indiana farm. As an avid young reader, her formative imagination transformed exotic story locations into relatable revisions. Oceans became the Ohio River. Deserts became grazing pasture. Weather was tornado-green, dry-leaf brown, overcast grey, or blinding-sunshine yellow. Birds were noisy starlings, the bright flash of cardinals, the rapid swoop of hawks. Forty acres held the wide world’s equivalence–in translation. Midwestern life informed everything she read and observed, ultimately shaping her internal map of self. Regardless of external influences and changes, that influence remains an immutable ‘place’ inside
For almost a quarter-century, Leisa has taught in the English Department of the University of Southern Indiana and the topic of geographical influence on both readers and writers has been a staple of her instruction. She holds degrees in literature and creative wiring and currently serves as Associate Editor of the Southern Indiana Review and has published and presented professionally her own work in genres of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Southern Indiana has been her home her entire life and its impact remains unchanged. She is a product of here, now and always.
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