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I am a reader, writer, teacher, and forever student. Swallowing Stones is available at Amazon and Kelsay Books. If you would like a signed copy, please purchase it here. Ponderings is available at Finishing Line Press, or you can purchase a signed copy here. My memoir, The Dead Folder, is currently looking for a publication home.

Everything is connected; the trick is observing the connections.

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"...disarming charm, a range of poetic approaches both formal and free, and a gloriously fierce feminist rage toward freedom... ." --Annie Finch

"St. John knows the power of the poetic line and uses it to make us present to her feelings. In subject, in craft, these poems are a gift." --Myra Shapiro


"The stones she swallows are so hot they sizzle, finding form in .deft, meticulous, and precisely chosen words that hit like a chainsaw." -Anne Pyburn Craig

Review from The Bluestone Press

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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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Readings and Events

April 25-27
See you in Santa Fe for Mythmaking and the Timeless Art of Memoir workshop with Maureen Murdock

August 1-5

My favorite event of the whole year is the International Women's Writing Guild's Summer Conference. 




Animation by Anna Gilmore. Showcased at

Woodstock Film Festival 2018.

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