Louisa has taught literature courses at the University of Washington as well as writing courses at the Evergreen State College and several Puget Sound area community colleges. Her short stories have appeared in Calyx, The Bellingham Review, and other literary journals, one having won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. An avid ballet dancer in her 50s, she also pursues wilderness adventures as a mountain climber, thru-hiker, and instructor of mountaineering.
She is the author of A Spiritual Evolution: How 14 after-effects of an NDE helped cure my addictions and changed my life, and an essay, God Evolved, as well as The Purpose of Gravity and Other Fabulous Stories.
Where to find Louisa P. online
VideosLouisa's pre-reading remarks at Unity on Union Bookstore
Carol introducing Louisa; Louisa introducing her readings
A head-over-heels lesbian couple gets a visit from the narrator’s prim and proper mom, who advises them not to be lesbians - but with a surprising tale that casts a spell over their afternoon. Published in CALYX, 2005.
Pretending it's Daytime
A college student's one week gig as a live-in sitter for two wealthy kids proves more than challenging. Published in Side Show, 1996.
A teenage photographer loses her artistic innocence and maybe more. Published in Northwest Review, 2000.
Past a House with a Chicken
A rooster raised from a chick wins a place deep in a young woman's heart, while her boyfriend fails to do the same. Published in Primavera, 1999.
A newly sober mom longing to get back custody of her daughter tries to make something happen. Published in Pindeldyboz, 2004.
An artist who creates puppets invests commonplace living with a surreal intensity that isolates her from everyone - until she encounters an odd octogenarian. Published in 13th Moon, 1993.
Forced to move and dreading puberty, a 13-year-old girl clings to childhood through her younger sister.
Published in the Bellingham Review, 1990.
The Purpose of Gravity
A frustrated writer feeling trapped in her marriage receives a coming-out letter from her closest girlfriend in college.
Winner of the 1992 Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, published in Nimrod.
Spot the Sweetie
Two fine arts students deconstructing the notion of romantic love find their own friendship devolving toward an inevitably cliché attraction. Winner of the University of Washington's Milliman Award, published in Short Fiction by Women, 1993.
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