Lisa Hayes-Minney is a writer, publisher, gardener, creator, book lover, porch sitter. She collects vintage typewriters, enjoys journaling, and serves as Director of Gilmer Public Library.
Lisa has been writing professionally for 25 years. She currently writes a weekly community column that appears in her local media outlets, and her creative writing has appeared in Entropy Magazine, GreenPrints Magazine, Wonderful West Virginia Magazine, The Hur Herald, The Charleston Anvil, and other publications. Her work has been included in two anthologies: “Mountains Upon Mountains: New Appalachian Nature Writing” (from West Virginia University Press) and “Feminine Rising: Voices of Power & Invisibility” (from Cynren Press).
Most recently, Lisa has published three books of collected works. “Life in the Slow Lane” is a collection from her column that ran ten years in Two-Lane Livin’ Magazine. “Favorite Reflections” is a collection from her 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 once worked as an award-winning newspaper reporter, and now enjoys being the coordinator of the Gilmer Public Library’s Friendly Fonts Writer’s Group and Creative Play sessions for adults. She also offers writing workshops and retreats as requested.
She and her husband, Frank, live on a secluded farm in rural West Virginia with a lazy beagle, a killer cat, bee hives, and a few free-range hens.
(Top portrait by David Flores. Middle portrait by Tamara Hough.)