Lisa Shirah-Hiers holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition, summa cum laude from Lawrence University and a Masters in Composition from UT Austin. A one-time classical radio announcer for KMFA in Austin, Texas, she now pursues a double career as a private piano, theory and composition teacher and freelance writer. She has published profiles and travel pieces in the Hill Country Sun, austinwoman and Austin Monthly and is a contributing editor of the Story Circle Journal. Her essay "Spinning Water into Gold" was published in What Wildness is This: Women Write About the Southwest (March 2007 UT Press) and reprinted in Desert Call Magazine (2008).
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