Lisa Norris joined the staff of Crab Creek Review in September 2016. She brings decades of experience, insight, and creativity to the team. Please help us welcome her!
A word from Lisa:
I want to read stories that offer humor, well-realized characters, distinctive voices, and skillful uses of language, including strong active verbs and concrete details. I enjoy surprises that provide insight into human experience. Stories that promote connection and compassion particularly stay with me, but that is not to say that the work cannot include violent and/or disturbing language or action. Rather, the action must come to something—whether demonstrating the consequences of human limitations á la Flannery O'Connor in a story like "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," celebrating moments of insight as in Raymond Carver's "Cathedral," or offering broader cultural insights as in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings" or Sherman Alexie's "What You Pawn, I Will Redeem." Advice to writers: read, write, revise— but also please experience your life! Sharing it is your gift to us, so pay attention. Also, if we don't take your submission, please try again.
Lisa Norris has published two prize-winning books of short stories— Toy Guns (Willa Cather Fiction Prize, Helicon Nine Press, 2000) and Women Who Sleep with Animals (Stephen F. Austin State University Press Fiction Prize, SFASU Press, 2011). Her stories, poems and creative nonfiction have been published in Fourth Genre, Shenandoah, Ascent, Notre Dame Review, Kiss Tomorrow Hello (Anthology, Doubleday 2006) and others. She meets annually in a Northern Idaho cabin with the Free Range Writers, who were featured in Poets and Writers. She taught creative writing for 15 years at Virginia Tech, and is currently an associate professor at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Visit Lisa at www.lisanorris.us