Colleen Leonardi’s work has received numerous awards including: a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship; an Outer/Space Artist-in-Residence at Dance Theatre Workshop in New York City; a Fellowship in the Next Generation of Leaders Fellowship in Arts & Culture program in Columbus, Ohio; and, as the former editor of Edible Columbus, a member of Edible Communities, Inc., she celebrated as a fellow winner of their 2011 James Beard Award for Publication of the Year. She had the pleasure of celebrating with choreographer Susan Rethorst the release of Rethorst’s first book, A Choreographic Mind: Autobodygraphical Writings, for which Leonardi served as an editor, and the New Yorker named one of the Best Books of 2012. Currently, she is a 2019 fellow in the Deep Ecology Artist Fellowship Program at the United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary.
Her writing has appeared in Orion Magazine, The Village Voice, Contact Quarterly, criticaldance.org, Front: a publication on Contemporary Dance, Edible Columbus, Edible Indy, Edible Grand Traverse, Edible Rhody, and Edible Hawaiian Islands.
She has taught at St. Mary’s College, Antioch College, Kenyon College, Capital University, Ohio Wesleyan University, The Ohio State University, and the Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts as well as Yoga on High and Kasa Yoga. Leonardi is a graduate of The Ohio State University’s M.F.A. program in Dance with a focus on choreography and dance writing. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Bennington College in creative writing and dance. She is the sister of the late painter Devin Leonardi and dedicates all of her work to the life of his loving spirit. She is currently working on her first book in his memory.