Leslie Heywood teaches creative writing and critical theory at the State University of New York, Binghamton. She is the author of the memoir Pretty Good for a Girl (The Free Press), which was named a breakthrough book by Lingua Franca. She has published in Prairie Schooner, The Connecticut Review, The Paterson Literary Review, and many others. She is also the author of Dedication to Hunger: The Anorexic Aesthetic in Modern Culture; Built to Win: The Female Athlete as Cultural Icon, and Bodymakers: A Cultural Anatomy of Women's Bodybuilding. The Proving Grounds (Red Hen Press) is her first book of poetry.Heywood, Leslie is the author of 'Proving Grounds', published 2005 under ISBN 9781597090483 and ISBN 1597090484.