Through this blog, Lisa Roney is constantly rediscovering what she needs to write about. She’s up to a few other things, as well.
Currently, she’s working on two major writing projects: one a scholarly project on the subject of Creative Writing for Oxford University Press, and the other a memoir about getting married at the ripe age of 49.
She has previously published a memoir, Sweet Invisible Body: Reflections on a Life with Diabetes (Henry Holt, 1999; Owl, 2000).
She earned a PhD in American Literature and an MFA in Fiction from Penn State University, and a BA in Studio Art from Carleton College.
A few online examples of her short work published where it counts:
“What It’s Like Living Here–From Lisa Roney in Orlando” (memoir and photo essay) in Numéro Cinq.
“Thumbs” (poem) in Willows Wept Review. [This and the next one you have to download, but it’s free.]
“The Stuff of Science Fiction” (poem) in Willows Wept Review.
“Why ‘Writing’?” (op-ed) in Inside Higher Ed.
“Left in the House” (story) in Waccamaw.
“The Extreme Connection Between Bodies and Houses” (cultural commentary) in M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture.
“Nothing by Comparison” (story) in Harper’s.
She has also recently been interviewed on Episode 3 of John King’s The Drunken Odyssey podcast about the writing life, and talks about movies about writers with Jaroslav Kalfar as well as John on Episode 7 and Episode 9.
Were you a student at Laurel School? If so, you would have known Mary Oliver, the founder along with several other parents like myself. I’m on a quest to see if the well known John McCutcheon is “our” John McCutcheon, musician in residence at the time my two children were in school there. He gave my daughter banjo lessons! If you know him to be the same person, I would appreciate a very brief reply. I was Vicky Kilpatrick at the time and my children were Erinne and Richmond.
I did not attend Laurel School, though I recall its existence and probably know a couple of people who did. At any rate, I do imagine that your John McCutcheon was THE John McCutcheon–it’s not that common a name, and how many could there be who had such a close connection to folk music right there in Knoxville? I also found online this reference to his biography given when he performed at a concert at Laurel Theater in 2010: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/nov/10/yournews-dismembered-tennesseans-john-mccutheon-to/?print_ugc=1. Of course, he might even answer you–or someone on his staff might–if you leave a message on his website: http://www.folkmusic.com/contact. He’s of an age where he might be nostalgic for those times. 😉
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