Lisa C. Taylor

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Lisa C. Taylor is the author of five poetry collections including the recently published collection Interrogation of Morning, and two short story collections, most recently Impossibly Small Spaces. She publishes in Ireland and the US. Her honors include Best of the Net nominations, the Hugo House New Works Fiction Award, and Pushcart nominations in fiction and poetry, a Surdna Arts Fellowship, and along with Irish writer, Geraldine Mills, the Elizabeth Shanley Gerson Lecture of Irish Literature in 2011. Lisa was awarded a Colorado Creative Industries/National Endowment for the Arts Grant in 2022 to run a youth art and writing program. She formerly taught writing at a university, a small college, and an arts high school in the Northeast. Lisa’s work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, most recently North Dakota Quarterly, Tahoma Literary Review, Lily Poetry Review, and Crannog. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and is the fiction editor for an online magazine and a frequent book reviewer. She has been awarded residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, Vermont Studio Center, and Willowtail Springs in Colorado.

More from Lisa

I have recently completed a novel that I’m beginning to send out. I’m also starting a literary magazine in 2023, and I’m one of the planners for a new writer’s conference, Mesa Verde Writers Conference ( that will be held July 13-16 in Mancos, Colorado, the gateway to Mesa Verde National Park.

I have been a writer since the age of 12 and was a first prize winner and a gold key winner in the National Scholastic Writing Awards in high school. I cannot imagine my life without writing. I am grateful to my many mentors along the way.

Poetry Collections

Title: Interrogation of Morning
Author: Lisa C. Taylor
Publisher: Arlen House/Syracuse University Press (2022)

Lisa C. Taylor’s new book of poems, Interrogation of Morning, is a stellar marriage of close observation and an energetic imagination. Exploring what she calls, ‘Love’s geometry’, Taylor maps out a territory of beginnings and elegies, of questions and paradoxes. Here is a book to celebrate, wherever you are! (Annie Deppe)

This newest collection by Lisa C. Taylor creates and bravely explores the boundaries between predator and prey, between warning and transformation. Taylor’s poems carve images from a chaotic world, whether in nature closely observed–a snail with feelers out ‘propelled by hunch or hunger’–or in the memories of a devoutly superstitious grandmother. (David Morse)

Taylor’s poems are both introspective and universal. In ‘Yearnings, Covid Times’, she writes, “We wait for a hand to/give the all clear/not prayer or a summoning/more like the gull with a wing trapped/under a piece of driftwood/that we saw freed/by a little girl/in a pink bathing suit.” (Lori Desrosier)

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Title: Necessary Silence
Author: Lisa C. Taylor
Publisher: Arlen House/Syracuse University Press (2013)

Through adroit, haunting images, Lisa C. Taylor traces our fraught, and at times dire intersections. At the core of her poetry resides an honesty of awe and a bittersweet awareness of how little we know and how much we care. A poet of both depth and gravity, she never averts her gaze yet her tone remains tender. (Baron Wormser)

Lisa C. Taylor’s poems are marked by their arresting combination of fertile, funky natural imagery with a courageous and searching emotional honesty. As she writes, ‘in the eventual darkness/this will be what matters. (Annie Finch)

Necessary Silence celebrates the body’s glad ability to provide at least ‘temporary shelter’ and the mind’s readiness to ‘blossom like wildflowers. Taylor knows that imagination is the most powerful tool we have for transformation, and in her words, ‘the world is given back to us, radiant. (Ted Deppe)

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Syracuse University Press

Short Story Collections

Title: Impossibly Small Spaces
Author: Lisa C. Taylor
Publisher: Arlen House/Syracuse University Press (2018)
Genre: Fiction

The short story dwells within narrow corridors and in ‘Impossibly Small Spaces’, a collection that seamlessly matches form with content, Lisa C. Taylor gifts the reader with cut-glass explorations of the diminishing spaces and of the freedoms–illusory, fleeting, elusive–so craved by a heartbreakingly real cast of characters. Wonderful. (Alan McMonagle)

The stories in ‘Impossibly Small Spaces’ write you into a world that is very much today’s America. Intensely lyrical, it is brimming with characters whose lives are being shaped by the strictures of their own inadequacies. As in her first collection, Lisa C. Taylor tackles such emotive topics as death, adoption, breast cancer, and rape, with subtle intensity, reminiscent of Alice Munro or Amy Bloom. Here are stories where the characters are either physically or emotionally scarred. They don’t know who they are and spend their time trying to prove they exist, often in impossibly small spaces. (Geraldine Mills)

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Syracuse University Press

Title: Growing a New Tail
Author: Lisa C. Taylor
Publisher: Arlen House/Syracuse University Press (2016)
Genre: Fiction

“The stories in Growing a New Tail will move you with their honesty and sustain you with their compassionate and fierce commitment to human resilience. Taylor’s characters are as real as your neighbours, as exasperating and complex and present as your family. Their choices are constrained, their failures temporary, and their triumphs provisional as all real victories are. Here is a writer who is nobody’s fool, especially not those who suggest that people are pitiable and renewal impossible. The writing here is exquisite, the observations nearly preternatural, the intelligence incandescent. I am grateful for this book.”—Richard Hoffman, author of Love and Fury

Growing a New Tail has me growing a new admiration for Lisa C Taylor. If you know her as an accomplished poet, you’ll join me in marvelling at how deftly she hops to prose—even incorporating some braiding of the forms—in this strong collection fittingly about reinvention. If you’ve already been lucky enough to encounter Lisa’s fiction, you’ll celebrate her first book of short stories, populated memorably by characters who must find their footing after their lives have been irreparably altered by loss or circumstance.”—Suzanne Strempek Shea, author of This is Paradise: An Irish Mother’s Grief, an African Village’s Plight and the Medical Clinic That Brought Fresh Hope to Both

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Anthology (Contributor)

Title: Dreams for a Broken World
Author: Various
Publisher: Reckoning Press (October 31, 2022)
Genre: Speculative Fiction

Short Story: “Leash Laws” ♦ pp 138-144

Dreams for a Broken World is the second charity anthology in the Dreams series published by Essential Dreams Press, an imprint of Reckoning Press; charity means that all the proceeds from sales are donated to a non-profit doing work to fix our broken world. Ellen Meeropol joins series editor Julie C. Day as guest co-editor of this second book in the series, a fundraiser for the Rosenberg Fund for Children. The RFC is a non-profit, public foundations that aids children in the U.S. whose parents are targeted, progressive activists. They also assist youth who themselves have been targeted as a result of their progressive activities. Can stories change the world? Not alone. But as poet Martín Espada wrote, “Any oppressive social condition, before it can be changed, must be named and condemned in words that persuade by stirring the emotions, awakening the senses.” Naming. Condemning. Stirring. Awakening. That’s what we hope these stories will do for all of us.

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