Lisa Redmond earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing here at Columbia College. She is currently at work on her debut novel, Blackberries and Sweet Juice. Excerpts of this work have been published in Hair Trigger 26 and F Magazine. Her article "African-American English: Dialects in the Classroom" was published in AIMprint: New Relationships in the Arts and Learning, and her creative nonfiction has been published in The South Loop Review. She is also a Teaching Artist within Columbia’s Office of Community Arts Partnerships working with K-12 schools. Her students’ writing and photography are annually displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. The exhibit is entitled, Talkin’ Back: Chicago Youth Respond. She was a fellow within the Illinois Consortium for Educational Opportunity Program (ICEOP). She has also won the finalist award for the John Schultz and Betty Shiflett Story Workshop Scholarship for the years, 2002, 2003, and 2004, and the Graduate Opportunity Award in 2000 and 2001.