Lisa K. Winkler has been writing all her life—her mother still has a short story she wrote in third grade. While in high school she edited the yearbook. She spent a week in Washington, DC as part of a congressional program for high school students that happened to coincide with the Watergate hearings. That week inspired her to become a reporter. While at Vassar College, she helped start a consumer newspaper. After graduating, Lisa interned with The Hartford (CT) Courant in its Washington, DC bureau, further cementing her love of news and stories. She then returned to Connecticut and worked as a reporter for the Danbury News-Times for two years.
She then moved to New York City and served as a copy editor on Dow Jones News Service, where she also met her journalist husband, Matthew. They moved to London for his career and Lisa continued to write as a freelancer, for publications including the Boston Globe, International Management, and others.
Upon returning to the US with her husband and two small boys, she decided to become a teacher. She became certified while teaching at an alternative junior high school in Newark, NJ. She earned her Masters in Education at the same time and continued to write for professional journals. She interviewed authors of children’s and young adult literature and had two teaching units published in the English Journal. She also had two essays published in anthologies: Wisdom of Our Mothers and I’m Going to College Not You.
She taught in a middle school in her community and then served as a literacy consultant in Newark, NJ, under the federal No Child Left Behind. It was there that she met Miles Dean, a teacher who rode his horse across the United States to honor the contributions of African Americans in US history. Lisa wrote an article about the black jockeys for Smithsonian.com and then wrote her first book, On the Trail of the Ancestors: A Black Cowboy’s Ride Across America.
She started a blog and then invited other writers to contribute to an anthology that she edited, Tangerine Tango: Women Writers Share Slices of Life. She’s written articles for Education Update, and JerseyMan Magazine, and has created study guides for Penguin Books.
In addition to journalism, Lisa has written two plays, several picture books, and poetry. She blogs under www.cyclingrandma.wordpress.com and is a member of the Association of Professional Historians.
Lisa is an avid reader, knitter, yogi, cyclist, cook, and grandmother.