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Anna Leahy
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Anna Leahy co-writes a blog about spaceflight and aviation, science of the twentieth century and beyond, and writing as a couple: LOFTY AMBITIONS. She and her collaborator Douglas Dechow are writing a book about their two years of following the end of the space shuttle program.

Leahy also collaborates with Stephanie Vanderslice and others in articles about creative writing, teaching, and the academic profession. Take a look at "Setting the Record Straight on Creative Writing" and "Should Mamas Let Their Babies Grow up to Study Creative Writing?"

Anna Leahy is the author of Constituents of Matter, which won the Wick Poetry Prize, and the editor of Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom. Her nonfiction and poems appear in Crab Orchard Review, Cream City Review, The Pinch, The Southern Review, and the anthologies A Face to Meet the Faces and City of the Big Shoulders.

She teaches in the MFA and BFA programs at Chapman University, where she directs Tabula Poetica: The Center for Poetry at Chapman University, the project's annual reading series, and the new literary journal TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics.

Entries by Anna Leahy

5 Tips for the Writing Life from Pico Iyer

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 3:31 PM

A couple of weeks ago, writer Pico Iyer visited Chapman University to talk about creativity. His visit couldn't have been better timed for those of us heading into a summer break, a sabbatical, or even just the rest of our writing lives. These five principles can...

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Brilliant People's Schedules: The Real Story for Women Writers

(10) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 7:06 PM

A couple of weeks ago, The Huffington Post published a piece called "Here's How the World's Most Brilliant People Scheduled Their Days." Because I'm a writer -- a creative person -- I began to peruse the poster of "creative routines" to see how my schedule stacked up against...

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An Open Letter to Hannah Horvath About the MFA

(11) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 8:51 AM

Dear Hannah,

I hear you've been accepted to the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop. USA TODAY reports that, while that MFA program's director found your acceptance "a complete surprise," she "mentally added [you to] the list of people to call" as she talks with incoming students. Some...

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The Itsy-Bitsy Book Club 2014

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 3:15 PM

The Rules

1) Choose a friend. My Itsy-Bitsy Book Club partner is college friend, Rachel Hall.

2) Choose a date. The itsy-bitsy part of this club means just once a year. The beginning of spring -- now -- is a perfect time for connecting with a friend. I see Rachel...

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5 Women Who Should Have Won the Nobel Prize

(61) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 10:17 PM

It's Nobel Prize season! The three big science categories -- physiology or medicine, physics, and chemistry--were just announced on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Of the eight science winners, how many are women? Zero!

That's the usual number of women in the annual mix. No female scientist has been...

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Who Does How Much Homework: A Response to The Atlantic

(4) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 11:13 AM

"My Daughter's Homework Is Killing Me," an article in the most recent issue of The Atlantic, makes an excellent point. Educational trends often latch on to one good idea, use the more-is-better approach, and lose track of how the parts fit into a cohesive whole. That the daughter...

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5 Fashion Tips for Cancer Patients (And Others With Chronic Illness)

(5) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 5:08 PM

A year ago, my mother was dying of pancreatic cancer. She'd lost a lot of weight. She'd changed shape. Sometimes, she was bloated. Her old clothes didn't fit right, which reminded her of how drastically and quickly her life had changed. She may have thought, Why bother getting new clothes...

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The Nobel Prize: Where Are the Women?

(28) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 7:14 PM

The Nobel Prize is awarded in three science categories: physics, chemistry, and physiology or medicine. In 2012 each science prize was shared by a pair of researchers, for a total of six new science Nobel laureates. Among this year's six laureates in these categories is the usual number...

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End of Space Shuttle Saves World

(11) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 5:40 PM

The end of the space shuttle program was a great occasion. Now, private companies have stepped up to save the United States and possibly the world. That's what the aerospace industry said at Space Tech Expo in Long Beach, California.

Just two years ago, the space shuttle Endeavour had just...

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The Itsy-Bitsy Book Club 2013

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 2:12 PM

The Itsy-Bitsy Book Club started a couple of years ago, when a friend and I picked out a book together. It's a great way to connect with a friend or two and read something interesting. Even better, it doesn't involve the demands of a regular book club --...

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Dawn Clark Netsch: Illinois Leader and Childhood Hero Dies at 86

(3) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 2:45 PM

Dawn Clark Netsch was the first woman I really admired. I was five years old and in awe of her--her voice, her clothes, her ideas. When she spoke, she knew what she was talking about. I wanted my hair cut just like hers. I wanted to grow up and be...

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Voices Carry

(5) Comments | Posted February 24, 2013 | 12:00 PM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

On January 20, 1961, people around the world listened to the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. Poet Robert Frost approached the podium to read the...

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5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Chemo

(6) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 11:12 AM

I've been away from The Huffington Post for a couple of months because my mother was in the last phase of pancreatic cancer, a somewhat rare but especially devastating cancer. The last 10 months demanded a lot of decision-making on her part. While those decisions about one's health...

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Want to Be an Author? 5 Insider Tips

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2012 | 7:06 PM

co-authored with Douglas Dechow

Do you know the difference between writer and author? Do you know why you should never answer the question What's your book about? Our piece entitled "5 Takeaways from the Writer's Digest Conference" can be found at Lofty Ambitions blog.

But there's...

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Neil Armstrong and the Space Generation

(9) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 12:20 PM

Co-written with Douglas Dechow

In Southern California, August 25, 2012, is a beautiful Saturday, all blue sky, warm sunshine, and cool breeze. The semester will begin on Monday, and we are at home revising a book proposal. Neil Armstrong, the first human being to...

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5 More Things Every First-Semester College Student Should Do

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2012 | 7:43 PM

Co-authored with Douglas Dechow

Last week, we offered advice for students starting their first semester of college. This week, we get to some practical advice that no one else may bother to mention to you.

1. Buy the books required for the courses you're taking.

To our surprise,...

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5 Things Every First-Semester College Student Should Do

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 2:56 PM

Co-written with Douglas Dechow

We've been working at colleges and universities for a long time now. Statistically, a college education improves your long-term earning potential. To make the most of it, take a few basic actions right off the bat.

1. Read the catalog. Get a...

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Space Shuttle: On the Anniversary of the Last-Ever Mission (PHOTOS)

(11) Comments | Posted July 8, 2012 | 4:02 PM

with Douglas Dechow

Sunday, July 8, 2012, marks the first anniversary of the last launch of the Space Shuttle Program. Atlantis lifted off LC-39A at 11:29:03 after a very brief delay and began STS-135, the last mission in the three-decade-long program. U.S. manned spaceflight ended (at least temporarily)...

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The Importance of Reading for All of Us

(3) Comments | Posted June 24, 2012 | 10:21 PM

Earlier this month, Stephanie Vanderslice posted an article here at The Huffington Post entitled "Should I Read or Should I Write?" There, she mentions that I find reading to be essential for my life as a writer but that, when tasks pile up, "it's often the activity that...

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5 Myths That Stop Us From Achieving Our Goals

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 12:47 PM

1. You can't control inspiration or insight; it just happens.

If you're still clinging to the notion that good ideas pop randomly into a person's head, then you're not reading the books on the New York Times bestseller list. From Malcolm Gladwell to Jonah Lehrer, popular...

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