Lisa on boat Damariscotta Lake 2016

Lisa Allen is an avid photographer of garden vignettes and happy slice-of-life moments. While working for her father’s graphics production firm in the 1970s, she was given an opportunity to interpret the concept “green on gray” as images for illustrations in a children’s learn-to-read series. Shooting indomitable weeds in one of Boston’s toughest neighborhoods was likely the genesis for her current Instagram hashtag “urban nature.”

Lisa first discovered the lure of writing while researching and writing travel news at Yankee magazine. Later, she wrote, designed, and self-published Eating Clean, a cookbook based on the healing and healthful benefits of unprocessed foods. An excerpt from her MFA memoir thesis, “Paradise Not Quite Found,” was a finalist in the anthology contest “Times Were A-Changing.”

Lisa is the past administrative director for a low-residency MFA program in creative writing.

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Deb Azrael October 21, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Hi Lisa,
On a whim, after catching a moment of Eddie Money’s Shakin’, I googled “Bob Gesh Rabbit.” wishing it was him singing it. And what came up but your wonderful picture of Bobby signed in his characteristic handwriting …So I wonder who you are? and how you knew him…and whether you miss him as much as I sometimes do. Just shared the picture with his (your?) old friend Nick Bessie, who may, like I did, burst in to tears when he sees it.


Lisa October 21, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Hello Deb,
I do indeed miss Bobby Rabbit – he was one of a kind and a dear friend from the first day I met him. The name Nick Bessie rings a bell, too. Let’s be in touch and trade tales! Thanks so much for writing,