About Lisa

1-p1240486I’m an award-winning writer, writing professor, and trick dog trainer.

Besides writing and teaching writing, my passion is for Border Collies and other herding dogs in the Tampa Bay Area, where I train my two Champion Trick Dogs, Mick and Maisie. Working with and fostering herding dogs led me to become an AKC CGC Evaluator and a Certified Trick Dog Instructor and member of the board at the Upper Suncoast Dog Training Club. If you like, you can teach your dog some tricks with me online.



Just subscribe to “Mick’s Tricks,”or join us in the Facebook Group, Magic Dog Tricks.

I’m the author of the memoir, FOR THE LOVE OF A DOG, (Harmony Books), and the novel, BODY SHARERS (Rutgers University Press). BODY SHARERS placed among the finalists for the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award for Best First Novel. Recent honors include finalist for the 2017 Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, winner of the 2016 Briar Cliff Review Nonfiction Award, winner of the 2013 Florida Review Editor’s Award, and a Best American Essays 2015 Notable Essay.

I’m also the founder of The Gloria Sirens, a communal blog supporting women’s voices and some of the best blogging out there.

You can read some of my work online:

“The Evolution of the Canine Race.” Mount Island Magazine.
“The Poet and Pajama Man.” Superstition Review
“Shark Week.” Tampa Review Online.
“How to Love a Buzzard.” Sugar Mule Literary Magazine: Women Writing Nature.
“Liking Mike.” Ascent Literary Journal. (This essay’s my personal favorite.)
Born-Again Anthropologist” made Honorable Mention in the 2014 Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Apparently, it’s “a very funny essay about the dating scene.”

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8 thoughts on “About Lisa”

  1. Jordan Rodnizki said:

    Many of my friends have had the pleasure of having you as their teacher for IB English classes. I go to Countryside, but after reading your “About Me” and “Project: Shattered Silence” posts (so cerebral, so casually witty, so tasty), a part of me wishes I could have had you as a literary mentor throughout high school. On my end, I’m headed off to UPenn next year (a Philadelphia newbie!) where I plan to study English and Theatre. Here’s to Pinellas County schoolteachers who make the most of their intellect. A toast to you.

    • Jordan, thank you for the generous praise! It makes me wish I had you in my class (so appreciative, so effusive, so clever!). You’ll be in Philly studying English and Theatre? What a cool combo. I trust I’ll be seeing you on stage before long. Don’t forget us schoolteachers when you’re famous!!

  2. John Sibio said:

    I read your book “Body Sharers” and I really enjoyed it very much. Do you have another book that you recommend that you think I would like. You are a very talented writer. I enjoy your creativity and vision that you pour into your writings.
    Love you….Johnny Sibio

  3. Doreen Demario said:

    I plan on following your page, thank you 🙂

  4. Thought we’d bring a reward to your day, we’ve nominated you for The Lighthouse Award, details and badge can be found at : http://decidinglybob.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/bobs-diary-the-lighthouse-award/

  5. brooklyn37 said:

    Coucou Lisa, une amoureuse de la nature et des animaux…Et super cool ces photos avec tes chiens !
    Bisous de France

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