Reading Series: Mary Leader

by Lindsey Alexander, Visiting Writers Series Coordinator More than 120 people crowded Krannert Auditorium to hear Mary Leader read from her latest collection, Beyond the Fire,last week.  These poems explore themes of heritage—Leader’s hometown, Pawnee, Oklahoma, appears in the text—but also feminism, romantic love, and family. Alternating wonderfully personal moments of self-doubt with voices that … Continue reading Reading Series: Mary Leader

“Let’s Gin!”: An Interview with Mary Leader

BY DANA BISIGNANI, Publicist In a review of The Penultimate Suitor, Arielle Greenberg noted that Mary Leader’s work “generally gives the impression that the poet is having a really good time.” A lawyer and poet with an insatiable curiosity, Leader is simultaneously formal and wide-leaping, playful and experimental.  She has published two books of poetry, … Continue reading “Let’s Gin!”: An Interview with Mary Leader