WestWard Quarterly, the Magazine of Family Reading

Meet Our Editor

We are saddened to report that Shirley Anne Leonard passed away on May 22, 2024. You can read her obituary here: Shirley Anne Leonard. This magazine will continue under the editorship of her husband, Dr. Richard Leonard.

Shirley Anne Leonard (formerly known as Shirley Poirier Malmgren) studied at Carl Sandburg College, where she earned the Certificate in Desktop Publishing and received other awards. Author of more than 800 poems, she became editor of WestWard Quarterly in 2003 succeeding Marsha Ward.Shirley Anne Leonard, Editor

In addition to WestWard Quarterly, Shirley Anne has published five chapbooks through Laudemont Press. Her poetry has appeared in Time of Singing, Ancient Paths, and The FORESEE (bulletin of the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference). Several of her poems have also been published online by Reconciliation Press (no longer online), Christian Poetry, and Quill & Parchment. Poems she wrote also appear in A Glimpse of Heaven, compiled by Richard Leonard and JoNancy Sundberg (Howard Books, 2007) and Secure the Fort (and Remain Under God) edited by Lucy Cain (XLibris, 2007). She has been a member of Christian Writers Fellowship International and the Illinois State Poetry Society.

Mrs. Leonard — mother of five, grandmother of eight, and great-grandmother of eight — is associated with her husband, Dr. Richard C. Leonard, in the work of Laudemont Ministries, Hamilton, Illinois. A selection of her poems appears on the Laudemont Ministries web site.

Poetry Chapbooks

by WestWard Quarterly Editor Shirley Anne Leonard

Retail price of each book is $5.00 U.S., plus mailing.

'The Compass' by Shirley A. Malmgren Leonard


81 poems about the voyage through the seas of
denominationalism into the secure harbor
of God's Kingdom. Revised edition.

'The Promise' by Shirley A. Malmgren Leonard


46 poems relating the story of mankind's fall and
God's promise of restoration. Revised edition.
With Richard C. Leonard.

'The Journey' by Shirley A. Malmgren Leonard


59 poems about the perils and
joys of the journey from Dark-
ness to the Kingdom of Light.

'Creation's Song' by Shirley A. Malmgren Leonard


38 poems extolling the beauty
God has created in the world
of nature for our enjoyment.

'Remembering Eden' by Shirley A. Malmgren Leonard


31 poems honoring Christ and
God's glorious plan for the
restoration of all things.