Bio

 

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My name is Liza Achilles, pronounced LIE-zuh uh-KIL-ease. Yes, this is my real name (i.e., not a pen name). I am a writer/editor based in the Washington, D.C., area.

My sequence of Shakespearean sonnets, Two Novembers: A Memoir of Love ’n’ Sex in Sonnets, will be published by Beltway Editions in 2024. Poems from this collection have been published by Beltway Poetry Quarterly, The Headlight Review, Tofu Ink Arts Press, Brief Wilderness, The Big Windows Review, Burrow, and Exacting Clam. Nonfiction of mine has been published by the Washington Independent Review of Books and the Silent Book Club blog, as well as independent blogs. In 2016, I was a Semi-Finalist in the William Faulkner–Wisdom Creative Writing Competition for my unpublished literary/historical novel The Water-Creatures.

I have degrees in English from Northwestern University (B.A.) and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (M.Ed.). Having started my career as a high school English teacher, I transitioned into writing and editing, engaging variously in teacher’s guide writing, proposal writing, business writing, and technical writing. I have written for the Obama White House, as well as a publishing house run by Pleasant Rowland, the founder of American Girl. I currently serve as Policy Technical Writer, as a contractor to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The greater Washington, DC, area is my home. Although I was born here and currently live here, much of my childhood and adulthood was spent elsewhere; I’m glad to be back. In addition to reading and writing, I enjoy running and attending live events such as theater, poetry readings, art shows, music, and comedy.