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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.

I have been published by the Washington Independent Review of Books, the Silent Book Club blog, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, The Headlight Review, and Tofu Ink Arts Press, Volume 4. In 2016, I was a Semi-Finalist in the William Faulkner–Wisdom Creative Writing Competition for my unpublished literary/historical novel The Water-Creatures. My (partially) unpublished sequence of love sonnets is called Two Novembers. My most recent book is a memoir, for which I am currently seeking representation.

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.

Born in northern Virginia, I live in Rockville, Maryland. I enjoy running, reading, and going to artsy events such as theater, comedy, poetry readings, art shows, and live music.