Lisa Coleman-Brown was born in Vancouver, vintage ’57, and raised in Montreal, and Toronto where she was introduced to her husband Joe Brown (a cancer patient from Garson) during a wonderfully successful blind date 29 years ago.
She began writing in Hilroy Notebooks to impress the boys (“The Clue in the Alley: A Rob Beanlands Mystery”) during her Grade 2 reign as the Kissing Queen behind the portables at Dallington Drive Public School in Don Mills, Ontario. As a teenager she helped senior citizens with their auto-biographies and at U of T, Ryerson, and the Toronto Film Society she wrote film reviews. She was co-editor of Ryerson’s literary journal the White Wall Review in 1980.
In Sudbury she wrote and researched a successful $64,000.00 Trillium accessibility grant proposal as well as the successful nomination of a federal civil servant national award winner. Lisa participated in the Sudbury Theatre Centre’s 2nd Playwrights’ Junction, 2012-2013, where she wrote a groovy psychedelic one-act comedy “2 Guys on a Wall” about miners bricklaying the Super Stack during Sudbury’s 1970 tornado. The play received a public reading at the STC’s Terminus evening and has been published in Laurentian University’s literary journal Sulphur IV.
Some of her short stories have been published: “Not the Basement!” in the anthology CREEPY CAPREOL, “The Fartologist” in CREEPY CAPREOL JR., “An Interruption at the Door” and “For Jane it was Strange” in SUDBURY INK. She co-wrote with Mat Del Papa the story “Glutton for Attention” in CREEPY CAPREOL JR., and the novelette “Nightmare at the North Pole” commissioned for the Terror Train event by the Northern Ontario Railway Museum.
Lisa continues to write plays and short stories and is a member of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild since 2012, and is an emerging artist supporting member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.