John Di Leonardo

Born in Italy, and raised in Ontario, John Di Leonardo is a graduate of McMaster University, where he earned an Hon. BA in Fine Arts. John subsequently taught Visual Arts for thirty years, and is currently a full time artist who divides his time between writing, painting, and travel. John’s poetry has received recognition in numerous poetry competitions. He has published two award winning chapbooks: Book of Hours(2014), and Starry Nights (2015). He is the recipient of the Ted Plantos Memorial Award (2017) and was elected to The Canadian League of Poets. His debut collection of ekphrastic poetry, Conditions of Desire (2018) was published by Hidden Brook Press. John lives with his wife and three children in Brooklin, Ontario. You can visit him at


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