Lisa Borders


About Lisa Borders

Lisa BordersLisa Borders grew up in Central and Southern New Jersey. She is the author of two novels, The Fifty-First State and Cloud Cuckoo Land, chosen by Pat Conroy as the winner of River City Publishing’s Fred Bonnie Award in 2002. Cloud Cuckoo Land received fiction honors in the 2003 Massachusetts Book Awards, and was a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year and the Independent Publisher (IPPY) awards. Lisa’s short stories have appeared in Kalliope, Washington Square, Black Warrior Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Newport Review and other journals, and her essay, "Enchanted Night," was published in Don't You Forget About Me: Contemporary Writers on the Films of John Hughes (Simon & Schuster, 2007). She has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Somerville Arts Council and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and fellowships at the Millay Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Hedgebrook and the Blue Mountain Center.


Lisa received a BA in Biology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an MA in Creative Writing from Temple University in Philadelphia. She moved to the Boston area in 1995, and balances her scientific and creative sides with employment both as a cytotechnologist and as a writing instructor at Grub Street, where she developed the popular Novel in Progress classes. Lisa also collaborated with Michelle Hoover to create the curriculum for the Novel Incubator program, and co-taught the course from 2011 to 2013.

A passionate fan of indie and alternative rock, Lisa was a contributor to the e-book series The First Time I Heard Kate Bush, edited by Scott Heim and published in 2012. Lisa also has an essay forthcoming in Heim’s The First Time I Heard R.E.M. Her essay on her decade-long fascination with Michael Stipe, “Distiple: An Obsession in Ten Albums,” appears on the Celebrities in Disgrace blog.