Meet our Faculty: Lisa Higgs

Lisa HiggsLisa Higgs

Masters of Fine Arts, Hamline University

Office: UHB 3060

Teaching Concentration: Composition; poetry

Courses Taught: Rhetoric and College Writing; College Writing and Civic Engagement ; Introduction to World Literature; Introduction to Writing Poetry: Sound, Sense, and Structure; Honors Composition; Interdisciplinary Writing

Selected Publications:

  • Unintentional Guide to the Big City (Red Bird Chapbooks: April 2015)
  • Lodestar (Finishing Line Press: 2011)
  • “How Much That Want Matters”: On Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón.” Kenyon Review Online (March/April 2016)
  • “Why We Should Tilt at Windmills.” Past Perfect Essay, North American Review, Volume 300, No. 4, Fall 2015
  • Interview with the poet Matt Rasmussen, Quiddity International Literary Journal, Spring/Summer, 2014


Lisa Higgs has published two chapbooks of poetry, and her work has been published in numerous literary journals including Crab Orchard Review, Water~Stone Review, Midwestern Gothic, and PMS: poemmemoirstory. Her work has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards. Currently, she serves as Poetry Editor for Quiddity International Literary Journal. Lisa enjoys working with the diverse student body at UIS, particularly when classroom discussion becomes energized by a plurality of opinion and experience.

“If I can convince even a few students to love poetry as much as I do, so much the better.”