Adrienne Leavy was born in Ireland and lived in Dundalk, County Louth, for the first twenty-five years of her life. She was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where she studied law, and at the Honourable Society of Kings Inns. After receiving the degree of Barrister-at-Law and being called to the Irish Bar, she immigrated to the United States, where she obtained permission from the Arizona State Supreme Court to take the Arizona Bar Examination. She practiced law in Arizona for ten years before returning to post-graduate education to pursue her interest in Irish literature.

Adrienne holds a Masters Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (with a focus on Irish Studies) from Arizona State University West, and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Arizona State University. The subject of her doctoral dissertation was the representation of women in the poetry of the Irish poet Thomas Kinsella.

In addition to her work as curator of Reading Ireland and editor of Reading Ireland: The Little Magazine, Adrienne frequently lectures on various aspects of Irish literature. Her poetry has been published in many Irish literary journals including A Modest Review, Boyne Berries, Crannóg, Revival and The Stony Thursday Book.