About Us

Deanna and LeRoy met at The Houston Post in Houston, Texas. She was a copy runner, he a newsroom artist. A few months after they met, they shot pool together at Sticks, a local pool hall near the newspaper. Three years later, they moved to Arizona to go to graduate school. They got married soon after that. Then, they moved to Georgia to teach, and five years later, they settled down in St. Louis with their dogs.


Deanna’s brief biography
Deanna grew up in Houston, Texas, where she began writing at the age of 12, documenting my aspirations and my daily routine. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Houston, she moved to Arizona, where she earned her M. A. in English from Arizona State University. She studied fiction at Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) and graduated with an M.F.A. She took her Ph. D. in English from University of Missouri, where she studied creative nonfiction under Aliki Barnstone, then-Poet Laureate of the state.

Deanna writes lyric memoir and poetry. The content of her work comes from a space of memory and imagination, observation and reflection. She has published across genres and has taught courses in critical and creative writing for over 20 years. Those courses include: The Art of the Personal Essay; Reading and Writing the Memoir; and Personal Narrative: The Natural World. In addition teaching at Washington University in St. Louis, Deanna offers short-term workshops through Pictures | Words. You can learn more about current and past workshop offerings on the Events page.

Publications available online
“These are my memories,” “Becoming a daughter,” “Something lost,” Flash Boulevard, August 2022
“Writing Someone Else’s Story: Empathy and Entitlement in Maxine Hong Kingston’s ‘No Name Woman,’ Chapter in Women and Fairness, May 2021 (critical)
“The Delicate Periphery of Your Crime,” Waterwheel Review, December 2021
“Pleiades,” The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, August 2018
“Virga,” Brevity Magazine, September 2010

Publications in print
“The Forest,” Seek It: Writers and Artists Do Sleep, Red Claw Press (anthology), 2012
“Prescience” and “The Eve of the Exodus,” Status Hat, May 2011
“Fluorescence,” The Carolina Quarterly, Spring 2011
“Gilded,” Fifth Wednesday Journal, Spring 2011


LeRoy’s brief biography
LeRoy works mainly in printmaking and painting usually focusing on formal aesthetic concerns. Whether he is working objectively or non-objectively, he is most interested in controlling the relationships between shapes and spaces while directing light and shadow through various marks, textures, and colors. The goal is always to create an interesting image. If context exists for the piece, it is layered on top of the compositional structure.

After 15 years of drawing news-related pictures for newspapers across the nation, LeRoy pursued his interest in printmaking at Arizona State University, where he studied under Dan Britton. After he received his M.F.A., he began teaching Foundation Studies and printmaking courses at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. Now in St. Louis, he continues to teach for SCADnow. He also paints and carves blocks for prints. His available and most recent artwork can be found in Galleries.

Permanent Collections
Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, AZ, “A Nice Shady Spot,” Relief Print
ASU Art Museum, Nelson Fine Arts Center, Tempe, AZ, “The Final Ya-Ya-Ya …” Woodcut Print
Amity Art Foundation, Inc. Woodbridge, CT, Serious Business, Suite of 18 prints
Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, TX, Border Crossings, “Dinnertime Damn”
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ, ImPrint
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ, ImPrint
Musco Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico, “Jasper and Deanna”