Leslie Bulion has been writing poetry since the fourth grade and has been an observer of the natural world from the moment she could peer under a rock. Her award-winning science poetry includes Leaf Litter Critters, At the Sea Floor Café: Odd Ocean Critter Poems, Random Body Parts: Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse (all published by Peachtree), and Hey There, Stink Bug (published by Charlesbridge), with more collections on the way! Leslie’s graduate background in oceanography and work as a school social worker informs her science poetry as well as her science-infused middle-grade novels Uncharted Waters, The Trouble with Rules, and The Universe of Fair (all published by Peachtree). Her books have been honored by Bank Street College, National Council of Teachers of English, National Science Teachers Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Parents’ Choice Foundation, and selected for state reading lists. Her first book, Fatuma’s New Cloth (published by Moon Mountain), was awarded the 2003 Children’s Africana Book Award by the African Studies Association.
When Leslie isn’t traveling for research, scuba diving, visiting schools, or speaking at conferences, she works, explores, and lives in Connecticut with her husband, Rubin Hirsch.