Leslie Rubinkowski is working on a memoir about training to run her first marathon, despite the fact that she'd never run a mile in her life. She is also the author of Impersonating Elvis, a book about another kind of transformation. She teaches writing at Goucher College, and her work has appeared in Harper's, Creative Nonfiction, and Riverteeth, among other publications. She has also taught at the University of Pittsburgh and was director of the news-editorial program at West Virginia University's School of Journalism. She has lectured at the Poynter Institute and the Chautauqua Institution. She spent the first half of last year writing The Starting Line, a blog for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about training for her first marathon.