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About Me



Lisa K. Buchanan
With a degree in journalism, I initially worked as a writer and editor for a women's magazine, covering health issues while ingesting pizza dinners at my desk and caffeine on the commute home. The contradiction launched a long-term fascination with words included and words omitted; I now specialize in compressed prose forms.

Over the last 25 years, my stories and essays have appeared in (and/or won awards from) both commercial magazines (Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Seventeen) and literary journals (The Iowa Review, Fourth Genre, The Missouri Review, Narrative, Ploughshares, New Letters).

I earned my M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Mills College and have completed postgraduate coursework in literature at Oxford University. From my office in San Francisco, I teach college applicants worldwide how to write powerful personal essays.