Julia Lisella

Associate Professor - English

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PhD, English, Tufts University, 2001

MA, English and Creative Writing, New York University, 1988

BA, English, Barnard College, 1983

Italian Language and Literature, State University of New York, International Program at Urbino, Italy, 1982


Dr. Lisella teaches courses in U.S. literature and writing. Her specialties include American modernism, multiethnic writers, women writers, 20th and 21st century poetry, and writing courses in poetry writing, First Year Writing, and Writing and Healing. Her current projects include editing a collection of poetry and prose of the poet Genevieve Taggard, co-editing a collection of essays on women modernists and social engagement, and revising a new manuscript of her own poetry. Prior to joining Regis in 2005, she taught in the Degrees in History and Literature at Harvard University and in the first-year writing program of the School of the Museum of Fine Art.



Always (poetry collection). WordTech Editions. 2014.

Terrain (poetry collection). WordTech Editions. 2007

Love Song Hiroshima (poetry chapbook). Finishing Line Press. 2004


“El Cementerio: a poem for Villa El Salvador, Peru.” Sharing the Earth: An International Environmental Justice Anthology. Eds. Elizabeth Ammons and Modhumita Roy. U of Georgia P., 2016.

“Song of the Third Generation.” Rpt. in Ava Gardner: Touches of Venus. ed. Gil Gigliotti. Entasis Press, 2010.

“Rosebush.” Letters to the World: an anthology. Red Hen Press. 2008.

“Raising Their Hands.” Learning By Heart: Contemporary American Poetry About School. Eds. Maggie Anderson, David Hassler. Iowa: University of Iowa Press, 1999.

“Jean and Jules Work at the Queen of Peace Nursing Home.” For A Living: The Poetry of Work. Eds. Nicholas Coles, Peter Oresick. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1995.

“Song of the Third Generation.” Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry. Eds. Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Jennifer Gillan. New York: Penguin Books, 1994.


Alaska Quarterly Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Crab Orchard Review, Literary Mama, Ocean State Review, Paterson Literary Review, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, Salamander, Talking Writing, Valparaiso, Voices of Italian Americana, and others.


“Muriel Rukeyser and Margaret Walker: New Deal Poets,” The 1930s: The Reality and the Promise. Eds. J Bret Bennington, Zenia Sacks DaSilva, Michael D’Innocenzo, Stanislao G. Pugliese. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2016.

“Learning To Teach Tillie Olsen’s ‘I Stand Here Ironing’,” Mama Ph.D.: Women Write About Motherhood and the Academy. Eds. Elrena Evans, Caroline Grant. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2007.

“Modernism, Maternity, and the Radical Woman Poet,” Speaking of Women. Ed. Robin Hammerman. London: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007.

“Behind the Mask: Signs of Radicalism in the Work of Rosa Zagnoni Marinoni,” The Lost World of Italian American Radicalism: Labor, Politics, and Culture. Eds. Philip Cannistraro, Gerald Meyer. New York: Praeger Press, 2004.

“The Work of Lyric Discourse in a Long Poem by Genevieve Taggard.” How2: Contemporary Innovative Writing By Women ( Coordinator: “Readings on Genevieve Taggard” Vol. 2, No. 1, Summer 2003.

“Class, Ethnicity and Gender in Maxine Hong Kingston’s China Men,” Asian American Voices. Spec. issue of Race, Gender, and Class. Eds. Qum Wang, Wendy Ng, Jean Ait Amber Belkhir 4.3 (1997).


Virginia Pyne Kaneb Faculty Scholar, Regis College, 2015-2016; 2010-2011; 2006-2007

Regis College Summer Faculty Development Grant, Summer 2013, Summer 2008, Summer 2006

John Clive Teaching Prize, Harvard University, 2004

Mellon Seminar Fellowship, June 1999

Writing Residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Dorset Writers Colony, Millay Colony, and MacDowell Colony

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