Lisa St. John is a retired high school English Teacher and published writer. Her newest endeavors include a memoir in progress and poetry. Her first chapbook, Ponderings, can be purchased HERE or at Finishing Line Press. She lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley of upstate New York where she calls the Catskill Mountains home. Lisa has published her poetry in 2Elizabeths, Albany PoetsBarbaric YawpMisfit MagazineThe Poet’s Billow,  PKA’s AdvocateThe Haight Ashbury Literary JournalThe Ekphrastic ReviewEyedrum PeriodicallyPoets Reading the News, The Poetry Distillery, Light, Entropy, and Chronogram Magazine. The poem “There Must Be a Science to This” won The Poet’s Billow’s Bermuda Triangle Contest and “Mowing the Lawn” was shortlisted for the Fish Poetry Prize and later published in Fish Anthology 2016.  Her poem “The Whens of Now” was selected as a finalist for the New Millennium Writings 44th Literary Awards. “Where is Ophelia’s Mother?” won second place in the Poetry Society of Virginia's Sarah Lockwood Memorial Poetry Prize. Lisa’s ekphrastic poetry has been selected for both the Ask For Arts 2020 Poetic License Exhibition and the Mid-Hudson Arts Exhibit, Poets Respond to Art. Lisa’s travel articles “The Calgary Stampede: The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” and “Manhattan’s Lower East Side: The Big Onion” are published on GoNomad.com.  Her memoir excerpt, “I Still Exist,” was published by Grief Digest Magazine, and her essay, “DIY Apocalypse” was published in Sleet Magazine.

Artist Statement

I want to find warmth in the cold world, beauty in horror. I search out images and shape them in an archetypal mold. I revel in the traditional form and take risks in experimental visions. Visual art is my forever muse, and I never tire of writing about the magic and power of art. I have a blog for my prose and photographs. I occasionally post audio versions of my poems because I feel strongly about the self as conduit. My poems are as much a part of me as my skin, scars and all.


Academy of American Poets

Association of Writers and Writing Programs
The Author's Guild

Calling All Poets

Hudson Valley Writer's Guild

Hudson Valley Writers Center

International Women's Writing Guild

National Association of Memoir Writers
National Council of Teachers of English
PEN America

PEN International

Poetry Society of America

Poets & Writers

Women's National Book Association

Woodstock Poetry Society