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Lisa Levchuk

Lisa Levchuk
Janine Norton

I’ve always loved books. English was always my favorite subject in school and I am now an English teacher myself. I didn’t start writing stories until I was in high school and I didn’t really start writing seriously until I enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Massachusetts in 1990. I wrote several stories while I was a graduate student and published one called great expectations in a magazine called The Crescent Review. It wasn’t until I was about thirty years old that I decided that I wanted to teach. My first job out of college in 1985 was working as an Administrative Assistant at Chase Manhattan Bank. After leaving the bank, I worked as an intern at Harper’s Magazine, one of the most enjoyable positions I’ve ever held. I left New York for New England in 1987 and held several part time jobs including writing for a local newspaper. My first teaching job was in an alternative junior high school. It was at that time that I decided I wanted to become a teacher. I believe my most important educational experiences occurred while I was a graduate student at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was during the year I was on sabbatical in Santa Fe studying Eastern classics that I finished my novel Everything Beautiful in the World, a book I’d started writing years earlier. I’ve grown to love New Mexico and hope to live there one day. At the moment, I live in Easthampton, Massachusetts where I teach English and coach tennis at The Williston Northampton School. I have a dachshund named Scout and a cat named Kitty. What I like best about my life here is the fact that I get to work with young people. Seeing the intelligence, humor, creativity and resilience of teenagers gives me great hope for the future.

Everything Beautiful in the World

Lisa Levchuk
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Lately I feel like an astronaut out on a space walk – constantly praying the tube attaching me to the ship doesn't snap and send me flying into outer darkness.


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