Lisa Lenard-Cook


Lisa’s first novel, Dissonance, was reissued by Santa Fe Writers Project in September 2014. The book won the Jim Sagel Prize for the Novel while in manuscript, and, after its publication by the University of New Mexico Press in 2003, was selected as a book of the year by such diverse libraries as the Tucson-Pima County Public Library, the Midland Library, & the Cincinnati Public Library. In 2004, the book was both a NPR Performance Today Summer Reading Choice & the countywide reading selection for Durango-La Plata Reads, & in 2005 it was short-listed for the PEN Southwest Book Award, &, most recently, it received a NM Presswomen’s Award for Fiction. Lisa’s second novel, Coyote Morning, published by UNM Press in 2004, was selected a Southwest Book of the Year, & was a runner- up for the New Mexico Presswomen’s Zia Award. In Spring 2017, SFWP will publish Her Secret Life. The Mind of Your Story, a book about fiction writing, was published by Writers’ Digest Books in April 2008, & was awarded 2nd place in the NM Presswomen’s Communications Contest in the Instructional Book Category. Lisa is also the co-author of Find Your Story, Write Your Memoir, & the author of many trade nonfiction books, & her short fiction, as well as articles & essays, appeared in numerous journals, including Southwest Review & Puerto del Sol.

Lisa’s estate is represented by Andy Ross of the Andy Ross Literary Agency. Her last project was the novel, After She Left Us.

Lisa was a longtime faculty member at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, & taught at many other conferences as well, including the Taos Summer Writing Conferences & at the NULC in Ogden. She also taught private classes for over twenty years, & took particular joy in helping writers discover how to make what’s on the page match what’s in their heads. Lisa’s B.A. ,with departmental honors, was from the University of Buffalo and her M.F.A. in fiction writing from Vermont College. Throughout the 1990s, she was a member of the English department faculty at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

Lisa died of ovarian cancer in May 2016. She was 63.


Office managers Red, Stellaluna, and Hera (RIP, Mr. Bones)

4 Responses to Lisa Lenard-Cook

    wendy Gallegos says:

    Love your office managers and Dissonance! Our book club is currently reading it. Wondering if it would be possible for you to join us for our next meeting on 3/29 at 12 pm in the vicinity of Corrales road and Alameda?

  1. Happy Birthday, Lisa

  2. I don’t know how to do the twitter/google/facebook stuff. I’m just thinking about you as I organize my books on a Friday night with little to do. I have a new arts and crafts sideboard, circa 1910, Scottish I surmise from the hinges, removed from my step mothers house. It was in need of some TLC, which I have done. Now all of my art books are rubbing shoulders along with some writers books. Hence I see your book, I think of you, and I wonder how you are doing.

    I love you.


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