Della Leavitt seeks publication of A Mother's Deliberation (72,000 words), an upmarket historical novel that takes place in 1958 Chicago. When she discovers she is pregnant again, Vivian Jacobson, an overwhelmed, but loving mother of four, grapples with whether to pursue an illegal abortion. While agonizing over this decision, Vivian learns family secrets including how her immigrant mother sought an abortion when pregnant with her decades earlier. When suburban neighbor and confidante shares Nobel Prizewinner Gwendolyn Brooks's poem "the mother," Vivian realizes how women throughout generations have shared her dilemma.
2022. Semi-Finalist. Soon to Be Famous Manuscript project, Illinois Librarians. Beyond Maxwell Street.
2021. Individual Artist Program grant from Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).
2021. Newberry Library. Short-term fellowship.
2020. 2nd Place. "Penicillin," in the Off Campus Writers' Workshop flash fiction contest judged by author,and poet Kathleen Rooney who wrote: "The density of information in this piece of historical fiction is balanced beautifully by the intimate characterization of the unlikely hero showing us how fate and timing have their way with us all."
Della Leavitt's unpublished novel, The Measure of a Teacher is upmarket, contemporary women's fiction that tells the story of a white teacher's struggles after leaving a successful tech career to teach math at an urban high school that is resisting an inevitable racial transformation.
Leavitt, Della (April, 2023). "On Squirrels & Other Interlopers" (pp. 95-103). In Meaningful Conflicts: The Art of Friction. Windy City Publishers.
Leavitt, Della (2023). "Chicago's writing community: Nurturing new voices." About Write. https://ocww.info/About-Write?p=chicago-writing-community-nurturing-new-voices
Leavitt, Della. (May, 2022). "The Necklace" in FreeFlashFiction. https://freeflashfiction.com/fiction/the-necklace/
Leavitt, Della. (2021). "Repeal!" (pp. 99-107). In Turning Points: An Anthology from Members of the Off Campus Writers’ Workshop. Windy City Publishers.
Leavitt, Della. (October, 2020). Chicago Literary Hall of Fame guest blogger.
Leavitt, Della (August, 2020). GameChangers documentary film. Personal essay contest winner. https://www.gamechangers.film/contest
"Remembering the Marshall vs. New Trier match-ups."
Leavitt, Della. (2019). "The Week That Was" (pp. 100-105). In J. Rehak (ed.) A Reason to Be Here. A collaborative novel from the Off Campus Writers'
Workshop. Windy City Publishers.
Leavitt, D.R. (2017). "Where I am from," Vitae Scholasticae: The Journal of Educational Biography. Special Issue: Family Methodology. 34(2), 28-31.
Leavitt, Della. (2017). Honorable Mention. Prose. "The Return of the 17-Year Locusts," InWord of Art 3: InPrint Writers, Rockford, IL.
Leavitt, D.R., Palius, M.F., Babst, R.D, Donegan, R., Lampkin, J.L, Smith, M., & Whitford, P.A. (2013).
Teachers create a Professional Learning Community to be a place of their own. Mid-Atlantic Education Review, 1(1)3-16.
Leavitt, D. R. & Washington, E. N. (2013). “I teach like you are all gifted:" Leading lowest-track students to become confident mathematics learners. In A. Cohan & A. Honigsfeld (Eds.), Breaking the mold of education: Innovative and successful practices for student
engagement, empowerment, and motivation (4th in a series) pp. 171-178. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Leavitt, D. R. (2010). Inquiry as Stance: Practitioner Research for the Next Generation, Book review. i.e: inquiry in education, 1(2), Article 7. Retrieved from: http://digitalcommons.nl.edu/ie/vol1/iss2/7
Leavitt, D.R. (2010). (Unpublished dissertation). "Meek, but Not Weak!" A Resilient Black Female Mathematics Teacher Composes a Purposeful Life.
University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Education. Proquest, UMI-3417385.