Lisa Braxton, a native of Bridgeport, Connecticut, earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. She is the immediate past president of the Women’s National Book Association/Boston Chapter and an Emmy-nominated journalist. She is a former television news anchor and reporter and a former newspaper reporter and radio reporter. She currently lives in the Boston, Massachusetts area.I grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut, spent many years at my career in print and broadcast Braxton on camerajournalism and finally ended up in the Boston, Massachusetts area. For the past 15 years or so I’ve gotten short stories and essays published in literary journals and small publications. In 2008 I decided to get a second master’s degree, enrolling in the MFA program in creative writing at Southern New Hampshire University. I graduated in July 2010 with a novel-length manuscript with the working title The Talking Drum. I’ve revised it enough that I’m having my church book club, co-workers, and friends read it. Hopefully one day it will be published. Recently, I had a story I wrote published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dating Game.

Writer's Digest Award


In addition, I am the immediate past president of the Women’s National Book Association/Boston Chapter. Serving as president was a rewarding experience for me. Not only did I learn leadership development, and event planning, I also got to meet some wonderful women who have been highly successful in literary circles, but generous enough to give their time to WNBA. It was a thrill for me to meet mystery author Hank Phillippi Ryan and suspense novelist Hallie Ephron.  They made a joint appearance a WNBA/Boston event that I hosted, Hallie_and_Lisa_and_Hank[1]entertaining our members and guests with stories about how they crafted their novels and their writing routines.

Another highlight of my years serving as president of WNBA/Boston was meeting children’s novelist Lois Lowry. She is a powerhouse. Lois has written more than 30 children’s books and one adult novel.  She’s become known for writing about difficult subject matters within her works for children, such as terminal illness, the

Lois and LisaHolocaust, murder, and racism. She has won two Newbery Medals for Number the Stars and The Giver. We asked Lois to speak at our annual holiday tea one year and she graciously agreed to be our keynote speaker.

The Sun Magazine LogoMy publishing credits include Snake Nation Review, Foliate Oak, Meetinghouse: A Journal of New England Fiction, Clockhouse Review, Literary Brushstrokes, The Sun magazine, and Vermont Literary Review. I have also taught creative writing at Boston Center for Adult Education.

Grad2In 2008 I made the decision to enroll in the low residency master of fine arts degree program in creative writing at Southern New Hampshire University. It was the best decision I made to help me improve my writing and understand the craft.

I wrote the book I always dreamed of writing as I earned my MFA. The two-year low-residency program allowed me to write at home, while still maintaining my career. All of use students connected with each other and faculty mentors during short, but inspiring residencies, developing close and sustaining relationships that have continued well beyond graduation. I graduated with a book-length manuscript of publishable quality, a network of agents and editors, and college-teaching opportunities.

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  19. Valerie says:

    I am researching a Braxton family who lived for a short time in Portsmouth, NH, and wondering if you might be related. The father’s name was Robert Braxton, mother was Lucy, and their son, George, has been identified as the first Black graduate from Portsmouth High School in 1880. The family later moved to Massachusetts and George went on to have an illustrious military career. Are you familiar with this family? I co-authored the book, Black Portsmouth: Three Centuries of African American Heritage. My focus for many years was on the little-known history of slavery in New Hampshire but now I am trying to document more about the recent history of my hometown of Portsmouth.

  20. Matthew Winkler says:

    Hi, Lisa. It was great to meet you at the Ridgefield Writers Conference. Your reading was pretty hot (pun intended)! I look forward to staying in touch. More information about Teenage Heroes is available at https://matthewwinkler.wordpress.com/non-fiction/

    • lisabraxton says:

      Good meeting you as well, Matt. It is the one sex scene in my manuscript and I figured it would be a good one for me to get comfortable reading 😀. I look forward to viewing your Ted Ed talk once I can pull up my password. What is your email?

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