About Me

Lisa K. Winkler is the author of On the Trail of the Ancestors: A Black Cowboy’s Ride Across America and editor of Tangerine Tango: Women Writers Share Slices of Life.  She worked as a reporter at the Danbury News-Times, Connecticut, before becoming a teacher, and writes for professional journals, Education Update, JerseyMan, and study guides for Penguin Books.

Two essays have been published in book anthologies, one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in College Search and Parent Rescue: Essays for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students (St. Martin’s Press).

She taught middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 15 years and served as a literacy consultant in Newark, New Jersey. She has three children and six grandchildren, and loves cycling, knitting, yoga, cooking, travel, theater and museums.  She is the founder of Chestnut Hill Press, which published Tangerine Tango: Women Writers Share Slices of Life. Her website is http://www.lisakwinkler.com.

Contact at: lisakwinkler@gmail.com


52 Responses to About Me

  1. Leslie Carno-Harf says:

    Very interesting blog on names. Names are so personal and define who we are in so many ways…It is a daunting task for a parent to be assigned that responsibility. Clearly your son and daughter-in-law were most thoughtful in their efforts. Kudos to them. And of course, Mazal Tov to your whole family on the birth of Uri Azriel! Regards to all. 🙂


  2. Leah says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed Sunshine! Wasn’t it powerful? It really wasn’t that well-known, but it really struck a cord with me.


  3. hugmamma says:

    Impressive resume! No wonder I enjoy your writing. Will add you to my blogroll. 🙂


  4. Barb Chapman says:

    Very much enjoyed reading your blog. I should start one; my writings are still via notes on facebook, and I only have one or two as I recall. I chuckle at your frizzy hair dilemma; my daughter Kate looked like Shirley Temple in the days of old; tight ringlets dangling all over her head. Gorgeous. Of course, she hated it and still does. I love it when she doesn’t spent hours straightening it. When she just washes it and puts in a little conditioner, she has no frizz… just hair that you can’t run your fingers through, but you just want to knead like bread; so many soft, beautiful curls that she determinedly irons out almost daily. She is drop dead gorgeous (if I do say so myself). Go to her fb pg. katiechapman (katechapman? I forget). I look at her in awe. It must have been the mailman. Bill and I bear no resemblence. She fights lupus and we suspect she is bipolar, so life is hard for her. I am fear for her life daily. And, unlike your family, we are well acquained w/death… both parents/grandparents, sister… and the possibility thereo for any of us. Life is very unpredictable.I am a 10 yr. bc survivor, have stage 2 MS, diabetes, ankylosing spondylitis and a screwed up immune system that does not allow me heat or bug bites of any sort. Our son has Aspergers Syndrome but is the funniest guy I know and an nearly 30, holds a respectable job,,, through he may live w/us forever. Getting back to the hair thing…. mine never came back after chemo, so I have no bad hair days… and my choice of wigs are endless. I LOVE working parttime with hospice patients and their families and spend the rest of my time reading, seeing friends, and loving and family my basset hound. I try to be crafty, but am lousy at it. I feel very blessed and wouldn’t change a thing (other than Kate’s health which is very scary), and I have learned so much from watching patients and their familes straddle that fine line of life and death. It has inspiried me, and taken most of my fears away. Still, I am sorry for your recent loss. Thinking of you and the family…. Barb


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  6. comingeast says:

    And we’re both from Connecticut, too!


  7. Liz says:

    Thank You!


  8. Nathan says:

    Ya need to update the grandiose bit… 🙂


  9. Hi – I’ve just given you a Sunshine Award for being one of my favorite blogs. You can check it out at gabicoatsworth.wordpress.com. Hope you enjoy it!


  10. Thanks for your visit back in my blog, I highly appreciate this and am so happy to have met you here via WordPress. Your blog is warm and very comfy to hang out with so i’ll be keeping in touch. Thanks for the follow too 🙂 Talk to you soon.


  11. Ariana says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog and thanks for commenting. I really enjoy your blog and nowl looking forward to more of your posts.


  12. Thanks for the follow. I have had fun visiting your blog–I really appreciated what you said about bullying–so intelligent and logical. I look forward to following your blog.


  13. Hello my dear friend, thanks for the follow and nice meeting your here via Word Press. Please accept my nomination for you to receive A Versatile Blogger Award here:http://allaboutlemon.com/awards-showroom/
    Enjoy and have fun blogging


  14. You’re very welcome and here is the link to the award by the way: http://allaboutlemon.com/2012/05/13/awards-acknowledgement/
    and for details for the Versatile Blogger Award can be found here: http://allaboutlemon.com/2012/02/29/whew-more-versatile-blogger-awards/
    See you around Lisa 🙂
    Dolly xoxo


  15. zannyro says:

    HI! I don’t know if you “do” awards…but I nominated you for the “Sisterhood of The World Blogger Award”…no need to feel obligated to follow up on this…just wanted to recognize you and your great blog :)….If you want to have a peek, here’s the post… http://awindowintothewoods.com/2012/06/29/i-have-been-very-very-bad


  16. Hi Lisa. I am very impressed with your achievements and the diversity of your endeavors. I am an African American artist and a avid cyclist as well. I have several post related to biking from an artistic perspective. Please stop by and check out my blog when you have time. I am subscribing to your blog to check out what you are up to.


  17. Coming East says:

    You’re right, Lisa. We have a lot in common! I started out in publishing as an editor in Westport, CT, before I went into teaching.


  18. The Color of Lila says:

    Lisa, lots of great stuff here! I would love to reblog or link to your articles sometimes! Thanks for coming over to see my blog, too!


  19. rogerdcolby says:

    I have nominated you for the Leibster Award!


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  21. Dilip says:

    Nice blog and good to meet you 🙂


  22. rogerdcolby says:

    I nominated you for the “Blogger of the Year” award. Go check out Writing Is Hard Work to find out how to participate!


  23. OmaOrBubby says:

    Hi Lisa, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog and its various topics. I also just checked out your website which is impressive as well. I look forward to continued inspiration and sharing.


  24. TheGirl says:

    Hi Thanks for stopping by a few days, I like your blog and you have a lot of accomplishments under your belt!!! I will try pop in more often!


  25. mushtaqtariq says:

    wonderful.. Cycling is a cheap and easy and useful exercise, keeps you away from doctors, keeps you fit, easy transportation and fun.. idea of your website is good,,, Also Welcome to my blog


  26. tchistorygal says:

    Hi Lisa, I just sent a copy of my review of Cowboy… to a lady named Linda Morse who is looking for someone to write history book reviews for a journal in New England. You might consider joining the History Teachers group on Linkedin. That’s how I found her.


  27. susanissima says:

    Hello cyclingrandma! Thanks so much for following Still Life With Tortillas. Your blog looks upbeat and full of voice. I can’t wait to read more!


  28. Susanissima (post before mine) is a dear friend — your blog looks good and am following. You came to me through my other blog, zenkatwrites (wordpress)!


  29. Hi Katie,
    Nice to meet you. I loved your first job in Alaska post– I don’t know if Susan mentioned- I’m putting together another anthology of bloggers this one focused on work/job stories- I’d love to include your essay. Please email me and I’ll tell you all the details. lisakwinkler@gmail.com


  30. What a wonderful blog! It is full of energetic, joyful, and fun topics. Thanks for sharing your obvious love of life with us!


  31. angelsolvers says:

    good…also see angelseasysolutionstoproblems.wordpress.com


  32. thatssojacob says:

    Hello Lisa! I’ve decided to read and follow 15 interesting and new blogs a day every day for the first month of 2015, and yours is today’s #1! Feel free to come visit me when you can at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com, and follow if you like what you read. Happy new year and happy blogging!


  33. There is no access to your blog through your gravatar but I had to hazard a guess on your site address to let you know you look fabulous. You are so vibrant in the gravatar. I thought “cycle…GRANDMA??” I grew up in NYC and went to Univ of PA. Nice to meet a wordsmith from the East coast.

    Happy blogging. =)



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