to lisachristinastjohn.com


I am a writer and reader and teacher and forever student.

I have one chapbook of poetry, Ponderings, available here or at Finishing Line Press. I am in the process of writing a memoir  about my late husband's long illness and eventual death from cancer. It is a story of my truce with grief. 

WHAT'S UP NEXT?Check out The Poetry Distillery's latest gorgeous echapbook. 

Reading of my three poems below.


My reading of Li-Young Lee's "Praise Them." Buy the book, BOOK OF MY NIGHTS, from a local bookstore like postmarkbooks.net




August 1-30, 2020
Poetic Licence Exhibition
Arts Society of Kingston


August 21, 1:00-2:00
IWWG Friday Freewrite

Making Time for Words: The Power of Poetry with Lisa St. John

Past Events

November 18, 2018


Poetry & Art Reading "Your Dreams Settle Over My Sleep: Poetry Inspired by Art, Art Inspired by Poetry" Wired Gallery 11 Mohonk Rd High Falls NY 

September 8, 2018
Open Mic Reading 2pm
Golden Notebook Upstairs Reading Room
29 Tinker St Woodstock NY 12498


September 28, 2018,

Annual Public Reading by the Stone Ridge Library Writers 7-9 p.m. Marbletown Community Center,

Stone Ridge, NY. Refreshments will be served

April 15 The International Women's Writing Guild Spring Big Apple 2018: Women, Creativity & Craft: Write, Pitch, Publish!

April 28 The Poetry Society of Virginia's Annual Contest Award Ceremony 

May 8 Women's National Book Association Open Mic Madison Avenue Baptist Church NYC 6:30PM-8:30PM 

June 6 Writers Speak Easy Open Mic at Rough Draft in Kingston NY

June 10 Online Book Club Showcase (My online Poetry Book Club starts in October.)

June 16 Wesleyan Writers Conference One Day Festival

July 6-13 International Women's
Writers Guild
Summer Conference


Ponderings by Lisa St. John is a powerful look into the relationship between mother and daughter. Here is a poet who is not afraid of confrontation, and her courageous poems revisit the past where "There is something to be said for learning in a world of daughters. I am proud of my scars because they came from my mother. Ma, I never meant to love you."

Leah Maines Publisher, Finishing Line 



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