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My Bio

Lisa M. Van Wormer spent six years in the Army and writes mostly about her time deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Her work has been included in xoJane, Huffington Post, the Veteran’s Artist Program, AMVETS Magazine, Whirlwind Magazine, Baltimore Fishbowl, Welter Literary Journal, and as a part of The Signal, a weekly news radio magazine on the Baltimore NPR station (WYPR).


Her work has also won the Short Story and Personal Experience categories in the 2015 state-level Maryland VA–sponsored Veteran’s Creative Arts Festival, and it has been featured in a number of local Baltimore publications and events, to include multiple Spotlight UB’s Veteran’s Voices events, Writers and Words Reading Series, Rejected Readings, and University of Baltimore’s Emerging Voices Project.


She has an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore and a Master’s degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding from California State University Dominguez Hills. Lisa lives in Pasadena, Maryland, and enjoys spending time with her young daughter, Ivy, and husband, Hayden, who is also an army combat veteran.  

“Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that – but you are the only you.” ― Neil Gaiman

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