Biography

Lise Saffran studied public health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and fiction writing at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. Having begun a career in public health out of a commitment to reproductive health and rights, she has at various times been a community health educator, the coordinator of a program to prevent farm injuries, a community activist and is now the Director of the Master of Public Health Program at the University of Missouri. Global health is a long-standing interest; she assisted with a family planning research project in Sri Lanka as a trainee and as a teacher has led several study abroad courses in public and community health in Ghana, West Africa. Upcoming presentations include a talk on Life Writing and Empathy at the Institute for Culture and Society in Navarra, Spain and a panel on social media ethics and health-oriented study abroad, at the CIEE annual conference in Berlin, Germany.

Lise’s published fiction includes the novel JUNO’S DAUGHTERS (Penguin/Plume 2011) and short stories in a variety of literary magazines. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Hedgebrook Community of writers and her nonfiction has been published in both academic and literary journals, including Academic Medicine, Medical Humanities, Poets and Writers, Orion and On the Issues. Her research interests include the impact of fiction writing on health professions education and perceptions of social and contextual influences on health behavior. Her current work-in-progress is a collection of essays on life, death, creativity and community entitled SAFE IN THESE BODIES.