Poetry is a portal to my soul.
My name is Leanne and I’m a poet, making it up as I go.
With a pen in hand I feel at home. This passion has helped me through some tough struggles, but it’s also given me a platform to celebrate my greatest joys. Thank you for letting me share my truths with you. I hope you find your own passion that gives you as much strength as poetry gives to me. Come back to She’s in Prison soon!
I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. I went to college at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA and studied creative writing, film, and theater. I’m currently getting my master’s degree from Brandeis in strategic analytics. Professionally, I am a data analyst. It’s an unlikely career for someone that breathes poetry, but I like the contrast.
My other passions include singing, learning guitar, rock climbing, weightlifting, yoga, bike riding, reading, hiking, traveling, baking, and spending as much time as I can with the people that I love. I dream of starting a family and look forward to the gift of tomorrow.
Thank you for visiting!
Leanne Rebecca Ortbals
88 thoughts on “About”
Even if your song is very well written and so poetic, I feel sad you’ve had to experience things that made you able to write that…
Isn’t it twisted that some of the best art can come from the darkest places? Thanks for your compassion and the complement!
thanks for liking my post 🙂
Of course! And thanks for visiting she’s in prison!
who is she in prison ? 🙂
That’s just the name of my site. It’s a metaphor for how I was feeling when I started it.
Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am so glad I stopped by yours. You are a very talented writer 🙂
Thank you for dropping by my blog and the “Like” of my posts.
You have a great blog here, thanks for visiting mine, hope to see you again and keep up the good work. Blessings to you.
Thanks a lot for the like! The Unlettered Bard is delighted! 😀
You’ve got a beautiful- looking blog here… must drop by again for a closer inspection. At the moment, I’m running around thanking people 😉
I look forward to following you here. —–Chagall
Thank you so much! Glad to have your support!
hello friend You have great writing blog here.. enjoy
Thanks for visiting my blog!
Thank you for liking my poem The heavenly Stars I really appreciate it.
Whoops sorry I mean thank you for following my blog The poet within .
I agree that poetry is really cool. You really do write so well and your poetry has an honesty about it.
Thank you. Means a lot 🙂
She’s in Prison,
Thank you for the like!
I appreciate any and all feedback, as well as comments about my poetry.
Hope you can find others that you enjoy to read.
I am going to poke around and see what gems you have to offer now – Thanks again!
Forever lost without reason our minds are our own
Love the sight!! Love the words!! The entrancement that encompasses my thought process after the emotions are spilled on this site, almost blind me of all passions that were forgotten! Wonderful artist and thank you for stopping by!! Love and Light ~ Lena Rai ~
Thank you for stopping by to like one of my posts. It is always a pleasure to find talent to enjoy, gives me a hope to which I might inspire.
Thank you so much for liking my post, Confessions of a Kindergarten Drop-out. It was a sweet start to my Monday at home…no school prison for this little girl all grown up. 🙂 Continue your poetry, Leanne! Your words matter. ~ Carmen, xenophileathome.wordpress.com
Thank you Carmen! That means a lot.
thanks for your arresting blog. i also appreciate your thumbs-up for my latest post. by the way, i hope you’re not actually in prison. i’ve heard it’s not much fun.
You’re welcome, and thanks for stopping by. I’ve also heard that prison isn’t the happiest of places. Luckily, my imprisonment is purely metaphoric (or unluckily?). Cheers!
Hi Leanne! Thanks for visiting my site. Interesting work you have here. I’m following!
Love your song, Leanne. Life is not fair, you’re right, and as soon as we accept that it is so, it becomes easier to deal with our issues, freeing us to pursue our passions and enjoy life as much as we can. You have certainly found your vocation. And thanks for stopping by and liking my post.
Thank you so much! Writing has helped me not only discover who I am and what I love, but has helped me through tough times, like a friend. Your support means a lot.
Leanne. I like the vivacity of your work. Glad to make your acquaintance.
Thank you. Glad to have you aboard.
Hi Leanne.. Happy I found your blog. Enjoying your work very much.. 🙂
Thank you for stopping by!!
thanks for the visit . nice site you have here.
Really enjoying your site. So much so that I’ve nominated you for a Sunshine Award!
Thank you!!! That’s so sweet!
You have a real gift for writing poetry! I nominated you for an award here – http://annarosemeeds.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/the-sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award-and-blog-of-2013-award/
Thank you!! That’s so sweet!
Very impressive and tricky name she’s in prison!! Lovely poems:)
Thank you!! Much appreciated 🙂
I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. Please accept it.
Thanks for noticing my blog. I will keep yours handy and send you some poetry soon!
Awesome! You are very welcome. 🙂
Thank You for the visit. Love your Intro….agree totally. Someone was speaking about fractions, I thought that was Math!
I Am Following 😉
Live, Love – Write
How did she get in prison?
She walked there.
I think this calls for a poem…
Great blog name. it piqed my curiosity to come and read some poems which I enjoyed,
Thank you! I appreciate it 🙂
Hi, I’m so glad that you liked one of my posts because it made me come here and read your wonderful poetry. I like your style very much indeed.
Also it seems that we have chose the same theme/style for our blogs and both decided to mess with it in our own individual ways. It feels strangely familiar yet different, like a house I used to live in.
I love what you’ve done with the place… ooopsss.
Thanks again for getting me over here.
I’m very glad you ventured over!! Thanks 🙂
All I can say is, Wow! I’m moved by your words.
The ability to transfer your emotion, through your words, to those who read them is rare but you have it! I feel you
Thank you! And thanks for reading my heart 🙂 Cheers! -Leanne
You’re welcome, thanks for sharing your heart Leanne! Cheers – Erik
Thanks so much for your visit today, I’ve made a couple of revisions – the writer push in me. 🙂
I’m enjoying your poetry and look forward to more. =)
All the best,
Great about page; very fun, creative and heartfelt. May we write ourselves free to inspiring lives. Thanks for visiting my “cell”. blessings, Brad
Thanks Brad! There just might be a smile on my face 🙂
I really like you poetry. Your voice and style are clear and penetrating. I look foward to reading more.
Thank you! And thanks for stopping by 🙂
Hello nice poetry you have here. Thank you for following me 🙂 I’ll be checking out your posts too 🙂
thank you for stopping by and liking my recent post. It’s greatly appreciated. You have a beautiful blog yourself here.
You’re welcome! Thank you!
Motivation enough! Nuff said. Cheers!
Pure rawness, totally get it, your poetry touches and sinks to the deepest part of truth and feelings.
Thank you so much!
I make it up as I go along too. Last year I posted 365 poems. Thanks for liking Bad Rap on my blog WordMusic. I appreciate the approval!
Congrats! I hope there’s another 365 this year 🙂
Thank you! I so appreciate you liking my poem Big But…on WordMusic.
Hi, I’ve nominated you for the Blog Tour Award! If you’d like to participate, you can view the rules here: https://georgetteann.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/blog-tour-award/. 🙂
Thank you so much!
You’re welcome! I love your writing. 🙂
That’s so kind! Thanks!
Hi Leanne Rebecca, I nominated you for this if you’d like to take part. No pressure though – totally up to you https://theemptiednotebooks.wordpress.com/2015/06/15/1512/
thanks for the visit I have a lot of catching up to do 🙂
It takes courage to be honest and to face your life and to accept your share of life’s pain.
But it is the only path toward wisdom and a sense of having done more than feed in your time on this planet.
Thank you Robert. I like the way you phrased that as “your share of life’s pain.” It’s really true. We all have our own battles.