Leslie Berliant has been an entrepreneur, journalist, poet, author, dancer, pastry chef and chocolatier. She has studied with beat poet Jack Grapes, screenwriter Karin Gutman, and authors Jackie Parker, Jim Krusoe and Kurt Vonnegut. Her work has been included in the anthologies Big City Mantra and Deliver Us and she has read her work at Hotel Café’s Tongue and Groove, Spark, Cherry Branch Gallery and other venues around New York and Los Angeles. She has also been published in numerous online and print publications including Celsias, where she was editor-in-chief, Jewish Journal, Tribe Magazine and more. In addition to her writing, she danced and performed at Gus Giordano, Futorian Dance Theater, and the American School of Russian Ballet and currently teaches ballet at Studio North. She is the head pastry chef and chocolatier at her company, Le Marais Chocolat, where she makes chocolate, pastries and raw desserts using local, organic and Fair Trade ingredients and teaches cooking and pastry making. She also trained as a creative facilitator at the Thinkubator, has provided innovation training, marketing, communications, PR and transition consulting for dozens of corporations and organizations, and is an evangelist for creativity for creativity’s sake!