About Leona

Leona lives between Baltimore and Annapolis with her husband, David, and a very small spaniel named Clara. She worked for the Department of Defense as a linguist and analyst, and has lived in Thailand, Laos, Egypt, and Yemen. She has studied Arabic, Cambodian, Lao, Thai, and Vietnamese. Her articles and stories appear under the bylines L. Upton Illig and Leona Illig.

. . . and Some News about David Illig:

Be sure to check out David Illig’s new short video, “The Crane Fly and the Peony,” available on Vimeo right here: https://vimeo.com/214936407  — It’s a good one!

When two species collide, things can get sticky. But with a little negotiation and a lot of understanding, maybe we can work it out. Be sure to read David Illig’s short story, “There Oughta Be a Law,” found in the March 2013 edition of the on-line magazine, “The Glass Coin.”

Leave a comment on the website, and support the arts!

Also, be sure to buy your copy of “The Field Guide to Nature of New England” by Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman, 2012, ISBN: 978-0-618-45697-0, now available on amazon.com. On page 339 you can see David Illig’s photograph of the elusive but fascinating Greenhouse Stone Cricket!

Academic Degrees:


  • Meritorious Civilian Service, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Defense Intelligence Senior Level, U.S. Department of Defense

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