Lisa Romeo

Lisa Romeo (CNF) | Cedar Grove, NJ

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Lisa Romeo is the author of Starting with Goodbye: A Daughter’s Memoir of Love after Loss, (University of Nevada Press, May 2018). Her work is listed in Best American Essays 2016 and published in literary and popular media, including the New York Times, O The Oprah Magazine, Brevity, Under the Sun, Full Grown People, and many other places. Lisa is thesis director for Bay Path University’s MFA program, and is a former equestrian journalist. She holds an MFA degree from Stonecoast (University of Southern Maine), and a BS in journalism from Newhouse (Syracuse University). Lisa teaches locally with The Writers Circle and presents often at writers conferences everywhere. She lives in New Jersey.


Starting with Goodbye: A Daughter’s Memoir of Love after Loss (University of Nevada Press, 2018). Memoir. CNF.

Blurbs, Press & Reviews

“Lisa Romeo’s compelling memoir is both a loving tribute to her adored father and a clear-eyed portrait of their complicated relationship. Reading it, you can’t help but reflect on your own familial bonds—but you may also find, as I did, that Lisa’s lovely writing and startling insights lead you into deeper territory, as she wrestles with questions of identity, mortality, and the vagaries of love.”
— Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train and A Piece of the World

“This book is a treasure. Lisa Romeo’s writing is an enormous comfort, reminding us that our relationships with loved ones never truly end, even in death.”
— Allison Gilbert, author of Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive; Always Too Soon: Voices of Support for Those Who Have Lost Both Parents; and Parentless Parents: How the Loss of Our Mothers and Fathers Impacts the Way We Raise Our Children

Starting with Goodbye lives in the realm of the imagination where love continues beyond grief, where the living and the dead meet and sometimes know each other more deeply than life’s demands and circumstances allowed. Lisa Romeo is a writer with exquisite restraint and precision, recounting a compelling, spiritually adventurous tale. A beautiful, honest, sometimes troubling, and triumphant book.”
— Richard Hoffman, author of Half the House and Love & Fury

“Driven by curiosity, written with great tenderness, and executed with quiet mastery, Starting with Goodbye is a daughter’s love letter to her father. It is also a welcome reminder that our most intimate relationships don’t end with death but are transformed over time if our hearts are open, our spirits are attuned to mystery, and we are willing to carry on a different kind of conversation.”
— Katrina Kenison, author of Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment and The Gift of an Ordinary Day

“Lisa Romeo has carved out fresh terrain on a bookstore shelf already tightly packed with grief memoirs. She’s done it movingly and with deep insight. Starting with Goodbye is an engrossing memoir that I hope finds its way into the hands of readers who need it most.”
—Jill Smolowe, author of Four Funerals

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