Lois Rosen grew up in Yonkers, New York. She loves living in Salem with her husband and cat.
During decades of teaching E.S.L. at Chemekata Community College, she co-directed the Advanced Institute of the Oregon Writers' Project at Willamette and served on the board. She's taught in Japan, Columbia, Costa Rica, and Ecuador.
Lois received an MFA in fiction from the Rainier Writing Workshop, where she won a Deborah Tall Memorial Scholarship. She's been awarded residencies at The Anderson Center, Vermont Studio Center, Centrum, and Soapstone.
As a Visiting Assistant Professor of English, she's offered a class in creative writing at Willamette University. For Willamette's Institute for Continued Learning, she selects, invites, and introduces visiting writers. She's a founding member of Salem's Peregrine Poets and appreciates their superb critiques, as well as the advice of many skilled local writers.
In 2004, Traprock Books published her first poetry book, Pigeons. Her poems and stories have appeared widely in journals including: Calyx, Alimentum, Many Mountains Moving, Northwest Review, Hubbub, Willow Springs, and Raven Chronicles. Her E.S.L. textbook, Goodbye, Lovely Land, was published by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. Her novel-in-stories manuscript, Junior Lifesaving, is in search of a publisher.
Recognizing the need for poetry in our lives, the Oregon Poetic Voices Project (OPV) has begun to create a comprehensive digital archive of poetry readings that will complement existing print collections of poetry across the state.
"We each carry lines of poetry with us. Words that others have written float back to us and stay with us, indelibly. We clutch these "life lines" like totems, repeat them as mantras, and summon them for comfort and laughter."
-Academy of American Poets