Lesley, a Board Member of Catholic Literary Arts, has won awards from the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW), Press Women of Texas, and the Poetry Society of Texas. Her chapbook of poems, Calling the Garden from the Grave (Finishing Line Press), placed in the NFPW 2020 Communications Contest. She has been a Juried Poet at the Houston Poetry Fest three times and in 2019 received the Lucille Johnson Clarke Memorial award. Her poetry and prose have appeared in publications such as America Magazine, THINK, Mezzo Cammin, The Windhover, Texas Poetry Calendar, Ever Eden, Ekstasis Magazine, and By the Light of a Neon Moon. Lesley has a Master of Arts in Teaching. She teaches high school English and is Assistant Editor of The Chronicle of Strake Jesuit College Preparatory. Her husband and three children keep her smiling with game nights, backyard s’mores, and general adventuring. The family pet hermit crab has grown shockingly large over the years and seems to be hatching an elaborate scheme to take over the world.