Leslie was born and raised in Montreal and studied at McGill, the University of Ottawa and the University of Montreal. She has been a Lawyer for several years and worked for the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme, for a total of 10 years.
She has worked and lived in Italy, Mali, Tanzania, Kenya and Senegal and now works for the Supreme Court of Canada. Her parents came to Canada from Barbados in the 1960s. Finish this Sentence is Leslie’s debut collection of poetry and focuses on coming to terms with our true selves. Finish this Sentence is about a personal experience in living with racism and healing from its distorting effects on the self. It weaves through the anger and anxiety caused by racism, and points to the ultimate realization: we are neither the conditioning nor the negative thoughts that racism provokes. Rather, we are powerful, and able to arrest those thoughts. These truths have helped Leslie to heal. She hopes that her work will be beneficial to others as well.