Laurie Lisle


The best-selling biography of one of America's most admired painters
The only biography of this extraordinary and enigmatic American sculptor
A book that offers people without children the life-affirming story of themselves
A modern pastoral about transforming a bare backyard into a mature garden
A vivid history of a wonderful school for teenage girls from all over the world


I believe I was always going to be a writer.

First it was reading. I adored looking a picture books even before I could walk or talk. The children's room in the neighborhood library in my home town of Providence was a wondrous place for me. When I learned to read the wiggly black marks in colorful picture books, it was a revelation to me. I began to read all the time--stories about ducks and bunnies, then horses, and always children's biographies of interesting women.

I began writing as a schoolgirl, almost always about what really happened rather than what I imagined. In high school I began a writer's notebook in a creative writing class. It led in college to starting a personal journal, which has continued more or less to now, when it has again become a writer's notebook full of ideas for my work.

My first job out of college was working for The Providence Journal, where I got my first professional bylines for writing feature and news stories. After moving to Manhattan, I went to work for Newsweek magazine before beginning to write my first book, a biography of the artist Georgia O'Keeffe.

After moving to the country and writing another biography, I began to write books that were more about my own experiences--like passing up motherhood, growing a flower garden, attending a girls' school--and drawing upon my journals extensively.

Now I am working on a memoir about becoming a writer and being a writer.

Besides writing books, I have published personal essays, book reviews, and articles in journals, newspapers, and books, including Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, The Journal of the Southwest, and From the Faraway Nearby: Georgia O'Keeffe as Icon.

I live with my husband, artist Robert Kipniss, in Westchester County, New York and in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

My literary agent is Charlotte Sheedy at the Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency. She may be reached at 212-780-9800 or at charlotte@​