About

Laurie Lisle is a journalist, biographer, memoirist, and essayist who writes about the lives of American women, including her own. She is the author of six books that have received wide recognition and been published in six languages.

Her most recent book is a memoir, WORD FOR WORD: A WRITER'S LIFE.

Her two biographies are the best-selling PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST: A BIOGRAPHY OF GEORGIA O'KEEFFE and LOUISE NEVELSON: A PASSIONATE LIFE.

Her other books are about women without children, gardening, and educating girls: WITHOUT CHILD: CHALLENGING THE STIGMA OF CHILDLESSNESS
FOUR TENTHS OF AN ACRE: REFLECTIONS ON A GARDENING LIFE
WESTOVER: GIVING GIRLS A PLACE OF THEIR OWN

Her essays, articles, and book reviews have been published in newspapers, magazines, literary journals, and anthologies. Previously she worked for various publications, including NEWSWEEK.

Raised in Providence, Rhode Island, she lives with her husband, artist Robert Kipniss, in northwestern Connecticut.

Other Works

  • Westover: Giving Girls a Place of Their Own

    2009
  • Four Tenths of an Acre: Reflections on a Gardening Life

    2005
  • Without Child: Challenging the Stigma of Childlessness

    1996
  • Louise Nevelson: A Passionate Life

    1990
  • Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe

    1980

Awards and Recognition

  • Word for Word: A Writer's Life was a finalist in Story Circle's 2021 Sarton Award for books with a "compelling way they honor the lives of women." Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe was named one of the five hundred best books by women.