Lisa C. Taylor

Poet, Fiction Writer

Mancos, CO 81328

Author's Bio

Creativity is an antidote to an overly online world. My workshops and mentoring relationships are spontaneous and fluid. I help writers and would-be writers to become better observers. After years of working with children (grade 2 and up) and adults in both an arts high school and a university, I've developed many unique strategies. I'm happy to work with seniors, adults, teens and educators, and I can travel for readings or workshops (post-Covid), particularly anywhere near the ocean or mountains. My second collection of fiction, Impossibly Small Spaces was published in summer of 2018. I have four published collections of poetry, including two chapbooks. I will have another collection of poetry published in late 2021 or early 2022. I publish in both Ireland and the United States and have done many events for Irish-American groups, libraries, community centers, senior centers, high schools, and private schools.

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Publications & Prizes


Impossibly Small Spaces (Arlen House, 2018)
Growing a New Tail (Arlen House, 2015)
Bartleby Snopes
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Washing Windows? Irish Women Write Poetry (Arlen House, 2017)
XY Files: Poems on the Male Experience (Sherman Asher Publishing, 1997)
Written With a Spoon (Sherman Asher Publishing, 1995)
Necessary Silence (Syracuse University Press, 2013)
Insufficient Thanks (Finishing Line Press, 2012)
The Other Side of Longing (Syracuse University Press, 2011)
Talking to Trees (Finishing Line Press, 2007)
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Birmingham Poetry Review
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Midwest Poetry Review
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Red Rock Review
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Prizes won: 

Hugo House New Works Award in Fiction, 2015, Elizabeth Shanley Gerson Lecturer in Irish Literature, with Geraldine Mills, 2011 AAUP Faculty Development Award, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018. Pushcart nominations in fiction and poetry. 

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Colm Toibin, Colum McCann, Philip Roth, Nuala O'Connor, Geraldine Mills, Alan McMonagle, Patricia Smith, Ada Limon, Richard Blanco, WS Merwin, Terrence Hayes, Baron Wormser...and many others.
What I'm reading now: 
Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras, A Promised Land by Barack Obama

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Last update: Apr 19, 2021