Thomas Leonard was born after the fall of the Berlin Wall in Kansas City, Mo. He grew up there until attending the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. There, he worked in public radio, passed out political pamphlets, failed to fall in love, and graduated with an English degree. His work has appeared in coffee shop window counters, e-mail inboxes, and classmates’ trashcans. He resides in Kansas City, comfortably close to Boulevard Brewery.