Congratulations to Lisa C. Taylor, who won the Hugo House New Works Competition 2015 and will read alongside Meg Wolitzer, Justin Torres, and Amelia Gray at our May 29 Literary Series.
Hugo House writer-in-residence and final judge Joan Leegant had this to say about Lisa’s story, “Mosaic”:
“I liked the matter-of-fact voice, a combination of tough and vulnerable, and admired how the writer got across the secondary characters with a few broad strokes: Kent and his failed mustache, the father’s grim take on life conveyed through a few choice bits of speech, the mother’s flight. The earthquake—unexpected, vivid, and pulling along with it both literal and metaphorical meaning—was a great concluding event for this short piece that, in a thousand words, packs a punch.”
See Lisa read her winning piece at Lit Series (theme: One Hour); tickets available here.
Lisa C. Taylor is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently, Necessary Silence (Arlen House/Syracuse University Press, 2013). Her collaborative collection with Irish poet and writer Geraldine Mills, The Other Side of Longing (Arlen House/Syracuse University Press, 2011) led to both of them being named 2011 Elizabeth Shanley Gerson Readers of Irish Literature at University of Connecticut. Their collection was taught in UConn classes. Lisa’s other collections include two chapbooks, Insufficient Thanks (2012) and Talking to Trees (Finishing Line Press, 2007) which was nominated for the L.L Winship PEN New England Award. Lisa’s poetry has been published in numerous journals, literary magazines and two nationally distributed anthologies, and both her fiction and poetry have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Lisa currently teaches creative writing at Nichols College and Eastern Connecticut State University and she conducts writing workshops nationally and in Ireland. Lisa holds an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Program. A debut collection of Lisa’s short fiction is due out in 2016.