Lisa Lenard-Cook


I write. I teach. And I edit and coach other writers. Until recently, that was how I would have prioritized what I do. But as more and more of my students’ work has been published, I’ve come to realize how important helping other writers is to me. That’s not to say my own writing isn’t important–urgent–to me. But yours matters, too. That’s why The Mind of Your Story will be reissued very soon. And that’s why I’ll be speaking more in the year ahead.

My Writing

Dissonance, my first novel, 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. My second novel, Coyote Morning, was 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. Check back for more info–& to see the cover painting.

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. A new edition will be published soon.

I’m represented by Andy Ross of the Andy Ross Literary Agency. My most recent project is the novel Long Division, & I’m working on a new novel, After She Left Us.

Your Writing

In 2009, award-winning playwright Lynn C. Miller & I formed ABQ Writers Co-op, creating community in New Mexico for writers everywhere.. We offer classes, contests, the literary magazine bosque, salons, readings, & retreats. Our first book together, Find Your Story,Write Your Memoir, was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in May 2013. The book was a bronze winner in the IndieFab Awards, and a best book of the year selection of several national library reviewer associations.

I’m a faculty member at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, & have taught at many other conferences, including the Taos Summer Writing Conferences & at the NULC in Ogden. I also teach private classes, & take particular joy in helping writers see that what’s on the page matches what’s in their heads. My B.A. ,with departmental honors, is from the University of Buffalo and my M.F.A. in fiction writing is from Vermont College. Throughout the 1990s, I was a member of the English department faculty at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. I love to hear from readers and writers, and cheerfully (mostly) respond to queries. To learn more about my editing and coaching services, please email


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

3 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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