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Redefining Love's visions one dream at a time.

Background Information

Once upon a time lived a little girl named Leona Marie. Leona Marie loved fairy tales. Her papa, the Hungarian born Adam von Schweninger, began as a tailor of modest means, being displaced as a young boy to Germany by communist Russian soldiers. The tailor hailed as the great grandson of Baron Ernst von Schweninger, personal physician to Otto von Bismark. Leona Marie's Papa conceived adventure filled stories of horror and mayhem often including the "Alte Hexe" (the old witch). The evil Alte Hexe lived in Leona Marie's dreams. Hence, Leona Marie searched to cause the old witch's demise. She requested her mama, Irma Feller, Ukranian born immigrant and distant ancestor of the Tsarist Catherina, to spin more romanic tales. Her mama happily transitioned her papa's stories with more love, giving the Baba Jaga (old witch) a new name. In her mama's tales, knights slew the witch and saved the beloved beautiful princess. Her paternal grandmother, her Oma, born Elizabeth Kress, furthered the challenges of the princess with the Catholic visages of saints and sinners. Eventually these tales became the fodder of Leona Marie's studies and writings.



An award winning artist, photographer, writer and teacher, Leona Marie Hetherington presents her stories in a unique style which for her began at the tender age of only nine.  In a role playing act, her father dressed as Sankt Nicolaus and fought off the Alte Hexe the Christmas eve following her ninth birthday to bring Leona Marie her first typewriter. Since this time, she word processes and provides art for her own creative stories. Her first nationally recognized publication was an illustration of a baby goat she drew for AMERICAN GIRL magazine at 13-years-old. As a freshman in college, her first published poem, "A love game, directions," marked her national poetry career. Leona Marie's political signature piece, "A Child's Rain," was pubished first by the Child Protective Services Advocate Magazine in 1987 and then later in an anthology among other Corpus Christi poets. Her first published photography appeared in newspapers in the early 1980s along with her many articles.

In between there came love, life, marriage, love, children, death, and yet more love in and of life.  Her degrees include a Bachelor in English with a German and Journalism minor from Texas State University and a Master in English with a specialty in Literature and Media Communication Studies from Our Lady of the Lake University.

Today, Leona Marie stays busy with her photo art , mixed media art and literary arts, occasionally helping other instructors to educate students of the joys of writing, in particular, poetry via the San Antonio Writing Project. She is a member and founding mother of the San Antonio Ladies Empowering Group.




Birth Place
Chicago, IL USA

2011 - Gravity Tattoo: Marked by Life - Selected Poetry
2010 – Redefining the Soul mate – Fantasy/action thriller Novel (publication release date, Dec. 2010)
2008 – Short Story – Lizard of a Tail – UTSA Anthology San Antonio Writing Project
2004 - - Lesson Plan - “Teaching point of view via ‘The Three Little Pigs” Article: What's the real story of the Three Little Pigs?
2004 - Editor’s Choice Award, International Library of Poetry, poem, “My Soiled Susie Doll”
2004 - Editor’s Choice Award, International Library of Poetry - poem, “Boundary of this Thoroughfare”
2002- National Poetry Anthology publication - poem, “Fated Route”
2002- - Lesson Plan - “Organizing and grading the Advanced Journalism Class.” Articles: Advanced Journalism Grading System , Advanced Journalism Publications Point Work Sheet
1998-99 - San Antonio Sun Poetic Times Quarterly Literary Magazine: Two Photos & a short story, “Concrete”
1997 - Numerous Articles for Rooted, San Antonio’s first on-line art and music journal,
1997 - Dream weavers – selected as in top 200 of novice screenwriters of over 3000 entries for Nicoll’s award studies.
1997 - Honorable Mention - “First Love,” The Thing Itself, Our Lady of the Lake University
1973 - The Goat, an illustration - American Girl Magazine Dec.1973

2008 – ATPI Photography Award – Honorable Mention for photo design
2004 - ASNE lesson plan award - Teaching Point of View via “The Three Little Pigs”
2004 - JEA, National Certified Journalism Educator Award
2003 – Quill and Scroll, International First Place Award recipient
2004, 2003 –Taylor Publishing’s “Yearbook Yearbook” awards for Section Design
2003 – St. Mary’s University, Yearbook Best Cover Design, Yearbook Second Place Design
2002 - ASNE lesson plan award - Organizing and grading the Advanced Journalism Class
2000, 2001 - Who’s Who in American High School Teaching Awards (student nominated)
1997 – 1st place Professional Color Photo Award from the Corpus Christi Arts Council advancing to and then winning 3rd place for same photo from South Texas Arts Council.


2009 – SAWP (San Antonio Writing Project) Teacher consultant
2009 – SAJPS (San Antonio Jazz Poet Society) Public relations officer
2009 - SALEG (San Antonio Ladies Empowering Group)
2008 – NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English)
2006 – ATPI (Association of Texas Photography Instructors)
2006 – ACTFL (American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language)
2004 – NSPA (National Scholastic Press Association)
2002 - ASNE (American Society of Newspaper Editors)
1998 – JEA (Journalism Education Association)
1998 – TAJE (Texas Association of Journalism Educators)
1997 - Sigma Tau Delta - National English Honor Society - awarded lifetime member
1997 - Communication Arts and Media Productions - OLLU - member
1996 - American Women in Radio and Television
1996 - Kappa Delta Pi - National Education Honor Society - awarded lifetime member

Additional Information

Celebrating her most recent published book, GRAVITY TATTOO: Marked by Life Book on sale at,,

Contact Information
Angelpoetheart Images
P.O. Box 8012 
San Antonio TX 78208   USA
Contact Author: Leona Marie Hetherington
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Publishing site publishing Leona Marie's debut novel, Redefining the Soul Mate

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Digital Learning discussions for the book "Adolescents and Digital Literacies: Learning Alongside Our Students" by Sara Kajder

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