A native of Tennessee and a devotee of the Great Smoky Mountains, Lisa Roney started listening to stories in the southern tradition early in her life. She has since traveled far from home and resides in Orlando, Florida, where the gators sometimes visit the pond across from her house and hawks and eagles screech from above.


In her travels, she earned a BA in art from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and MFA and PhD degrees in English from Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania. She is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida. Her areas of interest include fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, disability and women's studies, and medical humanities.


Winner of several teaching awards over the years, Lisa has also developed numerous new courses and led a redesign of the undergraduate Creative Writing curriculm at UCF. In addition to teaching creative nonfiction and fiction workshops, she teaches courses in editing and in contemporary literature. She is currently editor and director of The Florida Review and Aquifer: The Florida Review Online.