Lisa Low has had many careers---theatre critic, professor, book reviewer, writer, business owner, and poet. She received her doctorate in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts in 1986 and spent twenty years as an English professor, teaching at University of Massachusetts, Boston University, Cornell College, Colby College, and Pace University. In addition to her work as an educator, Low practiced briefly as a theatre critic for Christian Science Monitor Broadcasting.
After resigning her Professorship at Pace University in 2001 to raise two children born to her in her mid-forties, Lisa Low founded a grant writing firm that for fifteen years has been responsible for bringing millions of dollars to communities across Connecticut.
Over the life of her career as a writer, Lisa Low’s reviews, interviews, and academic essays have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, The Boston Review, Cross Currents, and The Boston Herald. She is co-editor with Anthony Harding of Milton, the Metaphysicals, and Romanticism (Cambridge University Press, 1994); and she has published numerous scholarly essays on Virginia Woolf.
Lisa Low’s essay “Ridding Ourselves of Macbeth” (The Massachusetts Review , 1986), a runner-up for the Shakespeare Prize at University of Massachusetts, was selected by Harold Bloom for his Major Literary Characters Series (Chelsea House, 1992); and her essay “In Defense of Hedda” (Massachusetts Studies in English , 1982) was similarly selected by Gale Research for the resource tool, Drama Criticism , as one of the best essays available on Hedda Gabler .
In 1979 Lisa Low enrolled in the M.F.A. program at the University of Massachusetts, but it has taken forty years, three careers, and two children for her to return to poetry full time. Lisa Low’s poems have appeared in or are forthcoming fromThe Virginia Normal, Spillway, Streetlight Magazine, The Potomac Review, Crack the Spine, Delmarva Review, Broken Plate, Tusculum, BoomerLitMag, Litbreak Magazine, Evening Street Review, and Phoebe. Her poetry has been anthologized inIntro 11 (Associated Writing Programs/NEH) and We Will Not Be Silenced (IndieBlue Press).