“Lisa can draw, in just a few strokes, the most complex characters and take us right into the vortex of their crises, existential, marital, or otherwise.  She is a keen observer of the most subtle nuances of relationship and renders them with humor and precision.  There is always an element of surprise in the turns she decides to take or not take with the plot and her facility with dialogue is extraordinary.  She can capture, flawlessly, a sharp exchange between characters, or the meanderings of a character’s inner monologue.  The result is characters that are three-dimensional from the first breath, and whose causes, however, doomed, become our own.”

–Tehila Leiberman, Author of Venus in the Afternoon, winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize, 2013.


“I'm Dying Here” is a rich and disturbing story . . . It is impressively thick, it’s every rift packed with ore . . . Perkins writes a high level of tragi-comedy, and we are fully engaged by her wit and sophisticated intelligence.”

–DeWitt Henry, Founding editor of Ploughshares; Professor at Emerson College


“Ms. Lisa Perkins, whose short story, “I’m Dying Here,” earned her the Meringoff Fiction Award, portrays a rich and conflicting dynamic between a father, Nathan, and his daughter, Olivia, through Nathan’s vivid internal monologue and reflections, as well as in scenes of dialogue between the two. Occurring in a unique timescape that is grounded in the present yet takes readers through the history leading up to the period in which the primary action of the story takes place, “I’m Dying Here” offers up well-developed characters with lively and complex personalities.” 

–Samantha Madway, Editor, Literary Matters (ALSCW Newsletter)


“Lisa Heiserman Perkins of Somerville, MA, has won The 34th New Millennium Prize for Fiction, for Buds, And Bells, And Stars Without A Name,  . . . This is a beautifully written story, displaying bold dialogue, perspective and voice, a compelling sense of displacement, well-selected details, intriguing psychology, beautiful phrasing and vivid characterization.”

–Don Williams, Editor, New Millennium Writings


“Perkins’ story has a wildness to it that I don’t see very often. The description of the Mormon missionaries is eerie and completely changes the story’s weather. And despite its weirdness and theatricality, this story has teeth. “Buds, and Bells,” was a favorite among the readers, and it’s an honor to nominate it for the Pushcart prize.”

–Robert Yune, Editor, The Fourth River 







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