Lisa began writing fiction at Bennington College. She went on to write a PhD dissertation on Keats at the University of Chicago and to teach at Tufts, Harvard, and Emerson College. She then left academia to write screenplays and to produce documentary films. She was the associate producer of Loaded Gun: Life, and Death, and Dickinson— (2004), and is the writer, producer, and director of Secret Intelligence: Decoding Hedy Lamarr (in post-production).

Lisa's fiction has appeared in Quiddity, The Painted Bride Quarterly, and elsewhere, including in The Fourth River, which nominated a story for a Pushcart Prize in 2011. She was a semi-finalist in the 2011 Black River Chapbook Competition and in the Raymond Carver Short Fiction Prize. In 2012, she won New Millennium Writings Fiction Prize and the ALSCW Meringoff Fiction Award, and she is now seeking publication for her collection I’m Dying Here and Other Stories. The first chapter of her novel-in-progress appeared as Urchin, a Ploughshares Solo, in February 2014. In the spring of 2014, she was a fellow at the VCCA. Lisa lives in Somerville, MA.