Lisa Reisman

5 Months 10 Years 2 hours

2015 Santa Fe Writers Project Award Winner

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"Those in search of another treacly cancer memoir need not even glance at this... Reisman's unflinching and moving tale puts to rest the image of patient as warrior. By linking her own ordeal to the triathlon she took on to mark her 10 year anniversaryshe reveals the true nature of cancer survival — not as a triumph of epic valor, but as a feat of endurance, forbearance and true grit."

—Lisa Sanders, MD, New York Times columnist and fellow cancer survivor


Lisa Reisman currently is a Connecticut freelance reporter whose work has appeared in the Shoreline Times, the New Haven Register, the Middletown Press, Connecticut Magazine, the New Haven Advocate, and Poets & Writers Magazine. She has written copy for The New Yorker and Conde Nast Traveler. She also manages the Sin Sisters Band, a popular Connecticut group with a repertoire that ranges from swing to Motown to classic rock.
Reisman studied Ancient Greek and Latin at Haverford, Oxford and Yale, and law at the University of Virginia. She practiced law in New York City for four years. 
A Dean's Fellow at Columbia University's School of the Arts, she also has been supported by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, and Wesleyan University, and a work study scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. 

5 Months 10 Years 2 Hours, which is a 2015 Santa Fe Writers Project Award Winner, is her first book.