Noreen Lace

Fiction Writer

Author's Bio

Noreen Lace spent her youngest years in an area of Cleveland known as Collinwood before moving to the West Side of the city, the location of which is the inspiration behind West End. She spent much of her time writing in order to avoid the chaos the city streets dispensed. A few of her high school years were spent in the suburbs. The dichotomy between the city and the suburban life provided her with deep insights that manifest throughout her narratives. The strife of home life encouraged her to head for the sunshine of the West Coast. As a college student, she married and divorced before graduation; Noreen Lace received an MA and an MFA from California State University (while raising two children and working two jobs). Her fiction, poetry, and memoir exude the complexity of situations she's faced as well as the challenges she's overcome. They are rich in detail, diffused with empathy, and poetically written. Noreen Lace believes in the beauty of language to express the deepest, darkest parts of our beings. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in a number of national as well as international literary journals, among them The Chicago Tribune's Printers Row journal, The Oleander Review, Number Eleven Magazine. Pilcrow and Dagger, Vine Leaves Press, as well as others. Her poem "All at Once" was a finalist in Medusa's Laugh's contest. And her Memoir "Memorial Day Death Watch" was a finalist for Writer Advice. Noreen Lace has been an invited guest lecturer at various writing groups, as well as an invited reader at a number of local poetry events. She has also given lectures on Edgar Allan Poe: contexts, contributions, and influences. Her novellas, West End and Life of Clouds, feature characters whose lives have been affected by elements outside their control with the protagonists struggling to find their own power. Namas-Cray is her latest book of short stories which show her ironic and sardonic sense of humor.

Publications & Prizes

Prizes won: 


How to Throw a Psychic a Surprise Party - July 2019

“Heaven’s Password.” Monolith. Due out in January 2018.  /

“The Conspiracy of Memory.” Conspiracy Theories. Pilcrow and Dagger. July 2017. /

Namas-Cray. A book of Short Cray Stories. ReadLips Press  July 2017. /

“A Perfect Day.” Delphinium. Summer issue. June 2017. / 

LIVE INTERVIEW: SuperNews Live/ Dark Times: Unsolved Horrors and Mysteries. /

[Untitled] “Sleep Pulls me Down on Christmas Pillows. Silver Stream Journal. (Ireland). June 2017. /

“Daughter: I Can’t Resist Your Kiss.” Mothers Always Write. June 2017. /

“Memorial Day Death Watch.” FishFood Magazine. April 2017. /

LIVE Reading: Northridge Creative Writing Circle's Poetry Palooza. April 2017. /

“After.” Vine Leaves Press. Australia. May 2107 / release date moved to Nov 2017. /

“The Fly.” Vine Leaves Press. Australia. May 2017/ release date moved to Nov 2017. /

“Grandma’s Last Secret.” Secrets. Pilcrow & Dagger. April/May 2017. /

“How to Throw a Psychic a Surprise Party.” The Oleander Review. April 2017. /

One Dollar Stories. Kindle Single Stories. ReadLips Press April 2017. /

“Memorial Day Death Watch.” Finalist in Writer Advice Flash Memoir Contest. April 2017. /

“I’ve Never Looked So Beautiful” Mothers Always Write  March 2107. /

“All at Once.” Finalist in Medusa’s Laugh Nano Text Poetry Contest Feb 2017 / Published in special contest issue Feb 2017. /

Dad Shining. Kindle Single Stories. ReadLips Press. Nov/Dec 2016. /

“One Dollars Stories.” Crime Stories. Nov/Dec 2016. /

Life of Clouds. Readlips Press. Nov 2016. /

“Harvey Levin Can’t Die.” Podcast. Pilcrow and Dagger. Sept 2016. /

“Harvey Levin Can’t Die.” Pilcrow and Dagger  August/September  2016. /

“Of Strays and Exes.” Podcast July 2016. /

“Of Strays and Exes.” New Beginnings. May/June 2016. /

“$1.00 Stories.” Printers Row Journal. Published by The Chicago Tribune. April 24, 2016. /

LIVE Reading: Oviatt Library's celebration of National Poetry Month. April 2016. /

“Fairly Tale.” April Fools. April 2016. /

“Dreams of Mr. Rabbit.” Love and Leprechauns: Pilcrow and Dagger. Feb/March 2016. Print. /

West End. REaDLips Press; Los Angeles, 2016. Print. /

LIVE Seminar: "Once Upon a Midnight Dreary." Edgar Allan Poe: Contexts and Contributions. Calabasas Library.

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Cleveland, OH
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Los Angeles
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Last update: Feb 09, 2021