Lisa Mangini holds an MFA from Southern Connecticut State University, where she was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistant Fellowship teaching introductory fiction workshops. She also spent two years as Assistant Editor of Noctua Review, the graduate school’s literary arts magazine, and helped re-launch it from a campus-based magazine into a national publication.
Her collection of poems, Bird Watching at the End of the World, is available from WordTech Communications, under their Cherry Grove imprint, published in Fall 2014. A chapbook of poems, Slouching Towards Entropy, is available from Finishing Line Press. Lisa also has two chapbooks from Red Bird Chapbooks: Perfect Objects in Motion (short stories), and Immanuel Kant vs. God (poetry). Her most recent release is Ambivalent Nymph, published by Five Oaks Press. She is the winner of the 2011 Connecticut Poetry Prize, was named a semifinalist for the 2012 Codhill Press Chapbook Contest, and has been nominated for Best New Poets and Best of the Net Prize Anthologies. Her work appears or is forthcoming in McSweeney’s, Weave, 2 Bridges Review, Stone Highway Review, American Journal of Nursing, Louisiana Literature, Silver Birch Press, and others.
Lisa founded Paper Nautilus, an annual print literary journal, in 2011, featuring poetry, short fiction, hybrid work, and micro-lit called “aphorisms.” She expanded Paper Nautilus into a small press in 2012, beginning with one chapbook title (poetry, prose, or hybrid collections) each year selected through a contest; for 2015, she introduced a second chapbook contest exclusively open to emerging writers, typically publishing a total of 2-7 manuscripts annually.
She has also previously served as Interim Editor and Faculty Advisor to Freshwater, where, in addition to teaching a class of up to 5 student editors and producing the final print issue, she ran a monthly reading series, a state-wide student poetry contest, and an annual, weekend-long poetry festival featuring readings, workshops, activities, refreshments, and a book sale.
After six years in the insurance industry, working primarily in project management and contractual editing, as well as one crazy and exhausting year spent exclusively teaching part-time at four different colleges and universities in southern New England, Lisa now lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband, and teaches at The Pennsylvania State University.