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Liza Sisk (née Audrey Elise Strabel) didn’t start school until 4th grade and then got a zero on her first test in arithmetic, but she rallied to graduate Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in mathematics from U.B. (now SUNY/Buffalo). Similarly, when she started college and got a C on her first theme, she switched majors from math to English, securing an M.A. in English from U.B., before continuing for her Ph.D. in English at U. Wisconsin. Her explanation for switching was a lack of culture.
After teaching math at SUNY/Buffalo and English at U. Wisconsin, instead of pursuing an academic career, she chose to work as a communicator in industry, progressing from technical writing at Sylvania to marketing communications at Westinghouse to Communications Manager at General Electric. There she wrote speeches for a Corporate Director and had her own slick in-house magazine on robots. She also worked at Merck as Training Specialist and Turner Power Corp. as Director of Communication and Administration.
Liza took time out during these years to form her own consulting company ComSci Associates: Communications, Training and Productivity, where clients included Westinghouse, Merck, the American Chemical Society, Turner Power, NASA and Carnegie Mellon University. She also taught English at Old Dominion, Farleigh Dickenson and Christopher Newport.
After a late retirement, she went back to her first love – poetry. She is now adding poetry writing to her list of careers. She has one daughter, Maia, who appears in a couple of her poems, and one grandson Noah, who is almost 4 years old at this writing. She hopes that he will one day enjoy reading her poems.
Paperback: 100 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books/Aldrich Press (July 9, 2013)