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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.

"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

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



Glassworks Magazine Issue 25

The New Verse News Thursday, December 15, 2022

SO EXCITED that my poem, "Being With" is a finalist for the @thepoetsbillow 2022 Bermuda Triangle Prize

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 




Live, in person, on February 19th from 4-6 pm at the marvelous Stepping Stone in Rosendale.






446 Main St. Rosendale 12472


I co-host the monthly Featured Author and Open Mic for the IWWG. Find the next date here.

See you in Seattle March 8 for the AWP Conference 2023!

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Check out The Poetry Distillery's latest echapbook

Animation by Anna Gilmore. Showcased at Woodstock Film Festival 2018.

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