Kristin J. Leonard

Kristin J. Leonard
Northern Arizona University | NAU · Department of Educational Specialties

M.A., M.F.A.

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Additional affiliations
September 2017 - February 2020
Northern Arizona University
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
July 2016 - August 2018
University of Southern Maine
Field of study
  • Creative Writing (Fiction)
July 2015 - April 2017
Northern Arizona University
Field of study
  • English: Literature; Graduate Certificate: Rhetoric, Writing, Digital Media Studies
August 2012 - July 2015
Northern Arizona University
Field of study
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (Humanities); Minor: English

Publications

Publications (12)
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Following the death of his father, Tomolelu, an almost-grown Ohlone boy, flees the Mission Santa Clara de Assis. He follows the only road he knows, El Camino Real, until he finally understands the words of his father. The earth speaks to those who listen, and this time, the earth is guiding him away from his mission home and away from the El Camino...
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In Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style, Virginia Tuft illustrates how grammar, word choice, and syntax strategies help to generate the perfect juxtaposition of words and punctuation that will make each sentence pop (Clark). Tufte’s handbook includes examples from a variety of texts; for example, John Keats, Andy Warhol, Ernest Hemingway, Julia Child’...
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Charles Dickens’s The Old Curiosity Shop recounts the story of Nell, the imperfect woman-child, and her journey through nineteenth-century English landscapes to her final tragic death. The scholarship of Kayla Kreuger McKinney suggests that Dickens’s use of museum-like “exhibitionary spaces” point towards Nell’s final deathbed exhibition. This essa...
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California is the golden state: a land of Malibu suntans, Hollywood, Disneyland, and of recent, the Silicon Valley kingdom where Apple, Yahoo, and Facebook reign supreme. The draw of the Pacific Coast, the fertile San Joaquin valley, and the numerous frothy rivers that flow from Sierra Nevada ice-caps, have long summoned settlers seeking wealth and...
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The Ninetieth Day: Poems about Love, Loss, & Leftovers for Breakfast is a collection of poetry that seeks to explore the everyday moments and musings in life that linger between love and loss, and more importantly, those that are forgotten as soon as they pass (in other words, leftovers for breakfast).
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The art of poetry and playwriting can help writers uncover the essence of real and imagined characters and the stories they live in. Using the real experience of constructing a novel, set within a finite time in United States History, we will analyze how a seemingly insignificant moment or detail, expressed in the emotionality of poetic form, can i...
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In Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style, Virginia Tuft illustrates how grammar, word choice, and syntax strategies help to generate the perfect juxtaposition of words and punctuation that will make each sentence pop (Clark). Tufte’s handbook includes examples from a variety of texts; for example, Keats, Warhol, Hemingway, Julia Child’s The Joy of Cook...
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Eighteenth-century Restoration theatre concerned itself with sexual and gender improprieties, hierarchies of class, and the business of forced marriage. Onto this framework, to challenge and re-define the womanly place in real-life patriarchal society, Aphra Behn, in The Rover, and William Wycherley, in The Country Wife, adapt "sisterhood ideals,"...

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Given today's modern and diverse cultures and the political, economic, and social conflicts inherent in American society, a multi-cultural approach to literature in the classroom is needed now more than ever. Yet upbringing, views, and youth can all add to liminal modes of understanding—the opposite effect to which a multicultural curriculum is intended. One method of circumventing these issues is to find a common root emotion and use it to bridge gaps and understanding. One such emotion is the reaction to death. Using a brief survey of children’s literature across cultures, times, and locations, Leonard and Duda explore how death can be used to foster understanding and empathy. Five books will be examined that approach the theme of death with skillful understanding of their young readers. Two are classics: Katherine Paterson's THE BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA and Gary Paulsen’s NIGHTJOHN. Two are contemporary titles: Sherman Alexie’s THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART TIME INDIAN and Sylvia Whitman’s THE MILK OF BIRDS (often shelved as “banned"). One last title, Marita Conlon-McKenna's UNDER THE HAWTHORNE TREE, is not usually present in the American classroom; however, it is well-respected and utilized in Irish and European classrooms .