Lisa Helene Donovan Bacalski graduated summa cum laude from Bradley University with a degree in Radio/Video/Photo and a minor in Creative Writing. Her final project, the chapbook Imperfect Phrases, was supervised by Kevin Stein, currently the Poet Laureate of Illinois.

Her career includes serving as director of communications for the Sisters of Notre Dame in California. She also had adventures in Hollywood as a development exec and in education as a special education teacher and tutor. She writes fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Her editorial and design work includes print and web projects for personal and professional purposes. A native of Oak Forest, Illinois, she now lives in McLean, Virginia with her husband Roberto.