Founded in 2015 by two-time Hay House® published author Lillie Leonardi, Passages & Prose is dedicated to supporting reading, writing, and literacy in Pittsburgh and its surrounding communities. Passages & Prose meets these goals by offering arts and literacy programming through events, partnerships, collaborations and workshops, and by providing opportunities for published authors to share their literary works with the public. In 2018, Leonardi incorporated the endeavor as Passages & Prose LLC.

After 25 years in law enforcement, Lillie decided to pursue her lifetime passion for writing. In 2013, Lillie shared her experience as a responder on 9/11 in her first non-fiction book published by Hay House (In the Shadow of a Badge) which sold over 30,000 copies globally. With her second release in 2016, Lillie shared her life-long spiritual journey in, The White Light of Grace: Reflections on the Life of a Spiritual Intuitive. With her eldest grandchild, Lillie self-published the eBook, Before I Go through Amazon Kindle Publishing in 2016.

From 1998 to 2010, Lillie was employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Pittsburgh Division as its Community Outreach Specialist and under the auspice of the United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Pennsylvania where she served with a prestigious group of instructors.

On September 11, 2001 and in the post days of recovery, Lillie was utilized by the FBI to address law enforcement, government, and social service agency representatives assisting with evidence recovery and preparations for two memorial services at the Flight 93 crash site. She not only served as primary liaison to the United Airlines Humanitarian Response Team—presenting at daily briefings and interacting with surviving family members—but also escorted families to the crash site for the memorial services. Prior to her career with the FBI, Lillie worked as the lead law enforcement officer on two college campuses in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1984, she was appointed to serve as the first female police officer with the City of Arnold, Pennsylvania. A regular contributor to The Huffington Post and Heal Your Life digital publications, Lillie was a 2016 honoree at the Women of Achievement Awards, an annual event hosted with the non-profit Cribs For Kids®.

For more information visit: or follow Lillie @GaulFromLebanon on Twitter.



Books Bridge Hope is a new initiative sponsored by Passages & Prose community collaborators.

The mission of Books Bridge Hope is to promote reading, writing, and literacy by providing books to community members residing in shelters, residential housing, and on the streets of Pittsburgh. In collaboration with Pittsburgh Mercy Operation Safety Net, Books Bridge Hope will provide a mobile library to deliver books to these community members on a monthly basis. Writing workshops will also be conducted to aid these individuals in penning their personal story or writings of their choice.

Through Books Bridge Hope, several hundred books have already been donated to children residing in shelters throughout Pittsburgh with the assistance of Michelle Bond, Executive Director at the Alle-Kiski HOPE Center.


Winter Is Coming: A Festival of Fantasy and Fiction


Winters Is Coming flyer of events on December 8, 2018

Join Passages & Prose for a day of fantasy and fiction with authors, artists, and activities for the whole family.

December 8, 2018
10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.
Cooper-Siegel Community Library

Learn more here.

Patron Sponsorship provided by:

UPMC Health Plan logo




Dolores “Dee” R. (Mianzo) Clark was an employee and community fixture at the Springdale Free Public Library. Her life-long love for writing and reading books made her well-suited for this role. A great promoter of local authors, Passages & Prose is pleased to honor her legacy by presenting a Dee Mianzo Clark Young Writer’s Scholarship to one deserving student at each year’s event.











Now in its third year, Passages & Prose 2017 will take place Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The Twentieth Century Club and feature more than 40 local and national authors throughout the day. The event is open, FREE to the public, and family – friendly.

Passages & Prose 2017 will feature:

A box lunch will be available for $15 and includes: choice of one Turkey & Swiss, Roast Beef & Cheddar, or Veggie wrap with fruit salad, pasta salad, chips, and cookies. Drinks will be separate. Cash and credit will be accepted.

The Twentieth Century Club refers its members and Club guests to two parking facilities an easy half block and a full block from the Club.

Guests may park at:

  • Soldiers & Sailors Memorial: This garage is located one half block to the south on Bigelow Blvd.
  • UPMC Parking Garage: This garage is located 1 block to the east of the Club at Bigelow Blvd. and Lytton Ave. adjoining the Wyndham’s parking.

Paid parking is also available on the street at meters. Download and use the Go Mobile PGH app now to pay and monitor your parking at these meters.

Public transportation by bus is also available from PortAuthority. Find routes and schedules by using the “Neighborhood Search” tab and selecting “Oakland”.

Passages & Prose 2017 is made possible with generous support from sponsors including:  Patron Sponsor UPMC Health PlanBarnes & Noble Booksellers, Cribs For Kids, Embroidery from the Heart, Inspiring Lives Magazine, The Twentieth Century Club, and WQED Multimedia; and community collaborators including: Author J.D. WyldeB.F. Jones Memorial Library, Cooper-Siegel Community Library, Characters by Kim, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System Operation Safety NetPittsburgh Puppet WorksShaler North Hills Library, Springdale Free Public Library, and Word Association Publishers.



New this year will be the Passages & Prose 2017 Preview event on Friday, October 6, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Settlers Ridge – Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

A panel discussion will feature authors:

  • Daniel Lowe (All That’s Left to Tell) Passages & Prose 2017 Chit Chat Author
  • Sarah K. Stephens (A Flash of RedPassages & Prose 2017 Chit Chat Author
  • Wendy Walker (Emma In The NightPassages & Prose 2017 Main Stage Presenter



On Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., the annual Mix ‘n’ Mingle was held in Pittsburgh’s historic Oakland neighborhood at The Twentieth Century Club.

This year’s guest presenters included children’s authors:

The Mix ‘n’ Mingle is an opportunity for authors, writers, journalists, and bibliophiles alike to meet each other and learn more about Passages & Prose 2017. A portion of the proceeds benefited The Twentieth Century Club’s historical preservation efforts.

For details on last year’s events, please visit our Passages & Prose 2016 page.


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