Lisa C. Taylor is the author of two collections of short fiction, most recently Impossibly Small Spaces (Arlen House/Syracuse University Press, 2018) and four poetry collections, including two chapbooks. She will have a new poetry collection published by Arlen House in 2022. Lisa’s honors include a Surdna Arts teaching fellowship, the Elizabeth Shanley Gerson lecture of Irish Literature, along with Irish writer Geraldine Mills in 2011, the Hugo House New Works Fiction Award in 2015, Pushcart nominations in fiction and poetry, and numerous shortlist designations, as well as a Best-of-the-Net nomination in 2021. Lisa is the fiction editor for an online journal and will be the managing editor of a new journal, Camber Arts Review, in late 2022. She has been awarded residencies at Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, Vermont Studio Center, and Willowtail Springs and she coordinated writing retreats for her long time writing group, Still River Writers for many years.
Lisa’s poetry and fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, most recently Sky Island Journal, Naugatuck River Review, and Crannog (Ireland). Her love of Ireland and frequent visits to this beautiful country led to a joint poetry collection with the Irish writer listed above. She continues to publish in both Ireland and the United States.
Lisa C. Taylor holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Stonecoast/University of Southern Maine, and an MA from University of Connecticut. She had the privilege of helping to pilot a creative writing department at an arts magnet high school where she taught poetry, fiction, flash fiction, writing for performance, and many other classes for eight years. She ran educational grants to teach poetry and writing to children from second grade through high school and has been a writer-in-residence at secondary schools and community colleges. She also taught fiction, poetry, intro creative writing, critical and creative thinking, gender roles and media, and composition for many years at Eastern Connecticut State University and Nichols College.
A recent transplant to a small mountain town, Lisa has offered workshops for the School of the West and Southwest Writers, and she hopes to soon teach creative writing and slam poetry to the teens in her town. Her teaching philosophy incorporates unqualified acceptance of students at any level. Her love of writing and playful teaching style made her a popular professor and teacher.
Lisa is generous and enthusiastic. She was particularly generous in offering guidance and encouragement about getting published, which was new for me, and invaluable. The topic, the assignments, and most importantly the quality of the work and the feedback offered by my fellow students were excellent. Interaction with fellow students throughout the week was the highlight. Peter Taylor
I thoroughly enjoyed the course. It motivated me to settle down and write, which is exactly what I was hoping. Lisa is a knowledgeable and dedicated instructor. Judith O'Leary
Lisa C. Taylor is a truly all-around phenomenal teacher. She kept us engaged and knows how to keep it interesting. She is very understanding and sweet. Great person and professor. Briana D.
Lisa created a stress-free classroom environment where everyone was encouraged to have their voice be heard. Each class was about something completely different. Brett S.
Lisa C. Taylor made us use our creativity to write and share with the class. She encouraged us to step out of the box and helped us to connect with each other. The activities were great and she was prepared for discussions every class. Caitlin F.
Extremely well-organized! I will use every piece of this material in my own classroom instruction. Lisa offered inspirational and practical information from which her students could draw. She provided exercises (ingenious, in my opinion) for getting reluctant students to write as well as offering evidence of their effectiveness. Great job! Jan G.
The room could hardly contain her passion for language, poetry, and teaching. I left this workshop strengthened as a writer, teacher, and human being. Darlene R.
The class discussed ZZ Packer’s story, “Drinking Coffee Elsewhere”. Here Professor Taylor handled what could have been a tough moment with compassion, wisdom, and grace. A few admitted they didn’t like the story because they could not identify with the unhappy main character. As one student remarked, the main character “had the world at her fingertips” as a college student at an Ivy League university. Professor Taylor thanked the student for her honesty and encouraged all the students to engage in an open and honest discussion about the issues related to the story, one of which was how to present class and race struggles in your work without sounding preachy or whiny or alienating readers. The discussion’s progression from judging the character to trying to understand her was impressive. Dr. Dan Donaghy, Eastern Connecticut State University