Lisa Hayes-Minney is a published author, creative coach, professor, and porch sitter. She serves as director of Gilmer Public Library, collects vintage typewriters, enjoys creative play and journaling.
Lisa has been writing professionally for 25 years. She currently writes a weekly community column for the local newspaper, and her creative work has appeared in Entropy Magazine, GreenPrints Magazine, Wonderful West Virginia Magazine, The 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 has published three books of collected works. “Life in the Slow Lane” is a collection from her ten-year-run column 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, which published Two-Lane Livin’ Magazine for ten years and now develops select projects. 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 now enjoys being the coordinator of the Gilmer Public Library’s Friendly Fonts Writer’s Group and Creative Play sessions for adults. She is a committee member for the Little Kanawha Reading Series, and offers affordable online courses that produce real results, and also offers writing workshops and retreats.
Lisa and her husband, Frank, live on a secluded farm in rural West Virginia with a lazy beagle and a killer cat. 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.)