Charlise Lyles was born in Cleveland in 1959. She is an alumna of the A Better Chance program and a 1981 graduate of Smith College. Her other works include poetry published in Natives; Tourists & Other Mysteries: Emerging Washington Poets; Lips; Maize: Notebooks of Xicano Art and Literature; and Whose Woods These Are. She has read for the Washington, D.C., Ascension poetry series and the Joaquin Miller Cabin Series in Rock Creek Park. A 1990 recipient of an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, she has worked as a clerk to the New York Times chief White House correspondent, as a reporter for the Virginian-Pilot and the Ledger-Star newspapers in Norfolk, Virginia, and the Dayton Daily News. Lyles is the recipient of three awards from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists. She is the co-founding editor of Catalyst Cleveland (now Catalyst Ohio magazine), which has provided independent reporting on urban education for nearly ten years. Catalyst has also received three awards from the Ohio Society for Professional Journalists and is a winner of a 2007 Clarion Award from the Association of Women in Communication. Lyles was also a Fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at the John Glenn School at The Ohio State University.
Books by Charlise Lyles
From the Projects to Prep School: A Memoir
A memoir of race and education, this is the story of a girl who grew up and out of the Cleveland projects in the 1960s and '70s.
While growing up in Cleveland, young Charlise Lyles experienced turbulent events including race riots and a neighborhood . . . [Read More]