Leonard Felson writes about the sparks that punctuate everyday life, whether examining people, community or trends. He writes profiles, features and personal essays. His stories have appeared in The New York TimesThe Boston Globe, Reader’s Digest, Tablet MagazineConnecticut Magazine, and elsewhere.

A generalist, he’s written about everything from virtual town squares to urban struggles; from healing in prison to cool mixologists. He’s written about religion, politics and business, not always in the same stories. Leonard Felson grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, graduating from the University of California, Berkeley. He moved to the East Coast and became a staff writer for The Hartford Courant, America’s oldest continuously published newspaper. He often writes about old, industrial cities, including Hartford, Conn., where he lives; the Jewish world, which he’s part of; and dramatic moments of transformation.

He is an award-winning journalist who won first place for magazine feature writing in 2014 and 2013, and for magazine business reporting in 2013, all from the Society of Professional Journalists, Connecticut chapter.