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About Lissa McLaughlin

My fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Massachusetts Review, and The North American Review. My film criticism has appeared in The Boston Phoenix. Burning Deck Press, one of America's most revered experimental houses, published my first three books.

My editing work includes hundreds of story manuscripts. I have line-edited novels and book-length memoirs. Two of three academic texts I edited for scholars were subsequently published by the University of Chicago Press.

I have taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, San Francisco State University, the University of California-Berkeley (Extension) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have lectured as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Rhode Island, and received the Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Fiction from Sun and Moon Press. As a scholarship student at the Bread Loaf Writing Conference, I served martinis to Toni Morrison.

My teaching methods reflect twenty-five years of classroom experience at the graduate as well as the undergraduate levels, where I have been consistently commended for my ability to maintain a lively dialogue. A wide range of students have benefited from my instruction: published "veterans" eager to entertain new forms, academics ready to write more creatively, and newcomers excited about the road ahead. My students include the short story writer Aimee Bender, and the novelist Nina Schuyler.

Finally, as a clinical art therapist, I have supported the creativity of individuals facing chronic depression, anxiety, and grief.

Select Publications

  • Enough, prose poems, tel-let chapbooks, (Charleston), 2001
  • The Grouper, poems, stories and photographs, Avec Books (Penngrove), 1997
  • Troubled by His Complexion, stories, Burning Deck Press (Providence), 1988
  • Why Won't Winter Go?, children's picture book, Lothrop, Lee and Shepard (New York), 1983
  • "The Continental Heart". The Best American Short Stories: 1982. Houghton Mifflin Co., 1982.
  • Seeing the Multitudes Delayed, stories, Burning Deck Press, 1979
  • Approached by Fur, prose poems, Burning Deck Press, 1976
Lissa McLaughlin        Madison, WI