Leigh Hopkins left a career in social policy to move to Brazil, where she founded an online institute by rigging a satellite dish to a boulder in a banana field. Before moving to Brazil, Leigh was the Vice President for Education of a leading social policy think tank, where she provided programmatic support to 500 literacy programs in historically underserved communities throughout the U.S.

Now based in Philadelphia, Leigh is writing the revolution one method at a time at the 3.5% Project. After curating a column at bestselling author Lidia Yuknavitch’s Corporeal Writing, she was invited to return as the workshop leader for Ms. Yuknavitch’s online workshops. Leigh is a political columnist at The Rumpus, and her essays have been published in Longreads, McSweeney’s, The Philadelphia Inquirer, ENTROPY, The Manifest-Station, and others. An excerpt from her memoir was published at Longreads with the pitch line “lesbian vegan Brazilian cult survivor.” A native of New York, Leigh holds a Bachelors in Elementary Education and Music and a Masters in Education.

Leigh is currently seeking representation for her memoir, The Cure.