Elizabeth Coons is an independent scholar who seeks to find out whether “great” or enduring poetry endures in part because it performs cognitive services that we need both to survive and to be free. For the past ten years, her “day job” has entailed technical and medical writing. With added study, she qualified and works as an editor in the life sciences.
Throughout her professional life, she has been a member and later an officer of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars and its local predecessor (the Alliance of Independent Scholars in Cambridge, Massachusetts). Elizabeth also belongs to the American Medical Writers Association, the Unitarian Universalist History Society (UUHS), the Union of Concerned Scientists, an active UU church, and the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences. She enjoys creative nonfiction, 18th-century rhetoric, running, swimming, choral singing, and running a household of busy people and two busy cats.