Lisa Allen Ortiz was born in Westport, California and raised in Northern California in the 1970’s. She’s still alive and lurking around Santa Cruz where she raised two daughters and now likes growing vegetables and running in the woods. She recently received her MFA from Pacific University. She happens to be first-cousin-five-times-removed to Emily Dickinson. You are too, probably.
P.S. Sometimes people ask for a photo. Here is one with Surprise the cat. Missing and presumed deceased and then found under a far-away car. Sometimes things work out like that.