Lisa Minney has been writing a regular lifestyle column for Central West Virginia readers for more than a decade. Her meditative essays reflect the blessings and challenges of rural life, the pains of aging and the memories of a suburban childhood. Lisa also develops unique writing workshops, teaches classes as an adjunct college professor, and serves as an Assistant Librarian at Gilmer Public Library.
Lisa is the founder of Stumptown Publishing, LLC, producer of Two-Lane Livin’ Magazine, the largest grass roots print publication in West Virginia, now in its tenth year. The free magazine is distributed monthly across the center of the state, and enjoys a 99% readership rate. She is also the publisher of Mountain Ink Literary Journal, released annually.
Lisa’s writing has also appeared in GreenPrints, Wonderful West Virginia Magazine, The Trillium, Intelliguide, The Hur Herald, and other publications. She spent four years as a news reporter for The Calhoun Chronicle, and a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer in the Farm to School program, producing, promoting, and coordinating connections for local foods.
Lisa holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from West Virginia Wesleyan College. She also has degrees in Liberal Arts, English, and Journalism and several certificates relating to library science. She serves as the coordinator of the Friendly Fonts Writer’s Group, and is currently a member of West Virginia Writers, Appalachian Writers, and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. You can view her entire curriculum vitae here.
Lisa and her husband, Frank, live on a secluded farm with a lazy beagle, a killer cat, and several free-range hens. They produce a vegetable garden and grow herbs, shiitake mushrooms, ginger root, horseradish, and asparagus.
(Top portrait photo by David Flores.)