Elisabeth Weiss was born in Staten Island, New York. She’s taught poetry in preschools, prisons, and nursing homes, as well as to the intellectually disabled. She graduated from Hamilton College 1980. She’s worked in the editorial department at Harper & Row in New York and has an MFA from The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. She’s published poems in London’s Poetry Review, Porch, Crazyhorse, the Birmingham Poetry Review, the Paterson Literary Review and many other journals. Lis won the Talking Writing Hybrid Poetry Prize for 2016 and was a runner up in the 2013 Boston Review poetry contest. Her chapbook, The Caretaker’s Lament, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2016.