In her ninth book, and her second poetry collection with the University of Tampa Press, Lisa Steinman considers both the seen and the unseen as she “meditatively engages the ironies of being,” as poet Maxine Scates has beautifully phrased it. Writer Alice Fulton observes that “In Absence & Presence, Lisa M. Steinman confronts the most unsparing aspects of existence with an intelligence that is nothing short of revelatory.”
Lisa Steinman's earlier poetry books include Lost Poems (Ithaca House, 1976), All That Comes to Light (1989) and A Book of Other Days (1993) (both from Arrowood Books), and Carslaw’s Sequences (University of Tampa Press, 2003). She has three books about poetry, as well: Made in America (Yale University Press, 1989), Masters of Repetition (Palgrave Macmillan, 1998), and, most recently, Invitation to Poetry (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).
Steinman was born and raised in rural Connecticut and attended college in upstate New York before moving to the Pacific Northwest to teach at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She is Kenan Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College.