Marilyn Shapiro Leys was born and raised in Philadelphia and migrated to Madison to attend the University of Wisconsin. Like her husband and younger son, she majored in journalism; like her older son, she was a teacher. After twenty years teaching journalism and creative writing in Milwaukee Public Schools, she and her husband retired to a beef cattle farm in southwest Wisconsin. Twenty years later, they moved to Prairie du Chien, the location of her recently-published historical novel.
Wisconsin Academy Administrative Offices and Steenbock Gallery
1922 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53726
James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
3rd Floor, Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703