About Lisa

LisaMinneyDFlo1Lisa Hayes-Minney is a published author, creative coach, professor, publisher, and porch sitter. She serves as director of Gilmer Public Library and collects vintage typewriters.

Lisa has been writing professionally for 25 years. She writes a weekly column for local media, and her creative work has appeared in Entropy MagazineGreenPrints MagazineWonderful West Virginia MagazineThe Hur Herald, The Charleston Anvil, DoveTales Magazine, Dragonspeak, The Trillium, and other publications.

Her work has been included in two recent anthologies: “Mountains Upon Mountains: New Appalachian Nature Writing” (from West Virginia University Press) and “Feminine Rising: Voices of Power & Invisibility” (from Cynren Press).

Lisa recently released three books of collected works. “Life in the Slow Lane” is a collection from her ten-year-run in Two-Lane Livin’ Magazine. “Favorite Reflections” is a collection from the column she wrote her first year as a small-town newspaper reporter. “Essays on Empathy” is a small pocket-book which includes themed award-winning essays previously published in online literary journals.

Lisa is the owner of Stumptown Publishing, LLC, an artisanal hybrid publishing, coaching, and consulting business. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from West Virginia Wesleyan College, has degrees in English and Journalism from Glenville State College, a liberal arts degree from Washington State Community College, and has a large collection of certificates relating to library science.  She is also co-owner of Gray Beard Services & Consulting, LLC.

Lisa is an award-winning writer who serves as coordinator of the Friendly Fonts Writer’s Group. She is a committee member for the Little Kanawha Reading Series and an adjunct professor.

Lisa and her husband, Frank, live on a secluded farm in rural West Virginia with a lazy beagle, a killer cat, ducks, hens, and bees. She offers a seasonal email newsletter with updates from the farm, behind-the-scenes peeks at new projects and services, highlights from her blog, and more. To receive her free email newsletter, sign up below.


(Top portrait by David Flores. Middle portrait by Tamara Hough.)