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a bit about ms. reardon

novelist   |   recovering playwright   |   writing teacher

bio & writing resume

biography

Who is this Lisa Reardon person?

Having grown up in small towns and rural communities in Michigan, Lisa Reardon is currently writing and teaching in Virginia.

She received her BA in English and Theatre from the University of Michigan and her MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama.

Ms. Reardon has taught fiction writing at New York’s Gotham Writers’ Workshop, on and off, since 1998.

Her work

Ms. Reardon's published work includes the deeply moving novels BILLY DEAD, BLAMELESS, and THE MERCY KILLERS, all of which recieved warm praise from critics.

THE MERCY KILLERS
"Sharply written and stylistically brilliant" |  The Chicago Sun-Times
BLAMELESS
"an insightful, empathetic novel"  |  Publishers Weekly
BILLY DEAD
"A brave, heart-wrenching debut. I couldn't look away."  |  Alice Munro

Her plays have been produced at numerous theatres in NYC and regionally, though now Ms. Reardon is concentrating on her fiction.  Her plays show a marked contrast to her later work in their themes, though her deep heart and humor shine here too.  There are swashbuckling female pirates, sweet grandmothers, and hairbrained kidnappers.

Teaching  & Novel Critiques

Teaching and mentoring have been mainstays throughout Ms. Reardon's career.  Not only has she worked with writers from all over the world at Gotham, but she's been passionate about encouraging teens in psychiatric settings as well as  incarcerated youth to express themselves through creative writing.  Recently, book doctoring and editing have become  important parts of her mentoring process.

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writing resume

NOVELS

THE MERCY KILLERS | Counterpoint Books (Translations: German, Japanese, French, Dutch)
BLAMELESS | Random House (Translations: German, Hebrew)
BILLY DEAD | Viking Penguin (Translations: German, Japanese, French, Hebrew)

ESSAYS
“Why I Went to New York to Write About Michigan” | Noneuclidian Café, Vol 1, #1

SHORT STORIES
“Lolita” | In Process…, Vol 1, #3

PLAYS
BLUSH AT NOTHING | Inaugural production of Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre, Chelsea, MI
COST OF LIVING | Jacksonville Actors Theatre, Jacksonville, FL; Circle Repertory Theatre, Staged Reading
GLORIA | New Georges, NYC; Yale School of Drama, New Haven, CT
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF BROADWAY | Singer Entertainment Co., NYC
THE SWEET TRADE | Circle Repertory Lab, NYC; Commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club
DAPHNE, one-act | The RC Players, University of Michigan Residential College
DOG AND FRUIT, one-act | Yale Cabaret, Yale University; New Georges, NYC
DOVE, one-act | Los Angeles Actors Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
LOLITA, one-act | Circle Repertory Theatre, Staged Reading
WENDY & DANNY, one-act | Circle Repertory Lab, NYC

SCREENPLAYS
The Gilbert Hotel | Computer-animated full-length w/ Jeffrey Lerer

PRESS

THE MERCY KILLERS

| The Washington Post Book World “Best of 2004”

| Chicago Tribune “Best of 2004”


BLAMELESS

| Great Lakes Book Award Finalist

| Booklist Starred Review

| Library Journal Starred Review


BILLY DEAD

| Booklist’s “20 Notable 1st Novels of 1998”

| Barry Award Finalist

| Booklist Starred Review


AWARDS & COMMISSIONS

Playwriting Award | Berrilla Kerr Foundation

Playwriting Commission | THE SWEET TRADE, Manhattan Theatre Club

Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship | Manhattan Theatre Club

First Place | La Plume des Femmes Playwriting Award

Avery Hopwood Award | Top Award for Major Drama, University of Michigan

Virginia Voss Honors Award | For Drama, University of Michigan


GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS

Artists in the Schools Grant | Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs

Novel Writing Grant | The Puffin Foundation

NY Council for the Arts Grant | The Gilbert Hotel, screenplay with Jeffrey Lerer

Audrey Wood Scholarship | For playwriting, Yale School of Drama

William Morris Fellowship | For playwriting, Yale School of Drama

Eugene O’Neill Scholarship | For playwriting, Yale School of Drama

Lawrence Kasdan Scholarship | For Drama, University of Michigan


THE MERCY KILLERS BOOK TOUR

|   Kansas City, KS | Madison, WI | Minneapolis, MN | Portland, OR | Traverse City & Ypsilanti, MI

|   Chicago Book Festival – Society of Midwest Authors Booth


BLAMELESS BOOK TOUR

|   Ann Arbor, Cadillac & Traverse City, MI | Kansas City, KS | Madison, WI | Minneapolis, MN | New York, NY


BILLY DEAD BOOK TOUR

|   NPR interview for All Things Considered

|   Ann Arbor, MI (4 locations) | Kansas City, KS | Madison, WI | Minneapolis, WI | New York, NY | Portland, OR

|   Ann Arbor Book Festival – Panel Discussion with Judith Guest

|   For the German Translation – Berlin | Munich | Vienna | Frankfurt Book Fair

GOTHAM WRITERS’ WORKSHOP | NYC & Worldwide

20+ years. Teach introductory fiction and novel writing in a workshop format. Classes include short lectures focusing on the craft of writing.  In addition, enjoy intensive one-on-one novel critiques


BOYSVILLE | Chicago, IL

Provided a therapeutic & creative outlet for residential adjudicated adolescent males. Taught genres such as poetry, memoir & short fiction


TEEN INK NYC WRITING PROGRAM | NYC, NY

Fiction writing for teen writers during intensive ten-day trip to NYC. Led classes, provided feedback on assignments, and sheparded the teens to cultural events around the city


NANCY B. JEFFERSON SCHOOL | Chicago, MI

Creative writing for incarcerated students ages 12-17 at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Published student anthologies


ST. LUKE’S ADOLESCENT PROGRAM | NYC, NY

Taught adolescents in a psychiatric setting to write poems, fiction and creative nonfiction. Published a volume of student writing each spring


CIRCLE REPERTORY SCHOOL | NYC, NY

Beginning & intermediate playwriting classes with emphasis on dramatic structure & the creation of character; freeing up the creative process through guided writing exercises


YALE SCHOOL OF DRAMA   |   MFA in Playwriting


UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN   |   BA, Dual Major in English and Honors Theater

Authors Guild


The Cottage

Here is a handy-dandy pdf print version of Ms. Reardon's writing resume

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PHOTO CREDITS | Top of Page & Behind Resume . Creative Commons | Headshot . J.B. Meadows