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Lisa St. John lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley of upstate New York, where she calls the Catskill Mountains home. Her chapbook, Ponderings, was published by Finishing Line Press, and her book of poetry, Swallowing Stones, by  Kelsay Books. Lisa has published her poetry in many journals and anthologies such as Light, The Ekphrastic Review, Glassworks, 2elizabeths Volume 1 and The Poetry Distillery. Her poems have won several awards such as The Bermuda Triangle Prize and New Millenium Writing. Her essays and memoir excerpts have been published in magazines and nonfiction collections. 

List of Publications


Ponderings Finishing Line Press 2015

Swallowing Stones Kelsay Books 2023


          Awards and Anthologies


“Being With” finalist Bermuda Triangle Prize, The Poet’s Billow 2022

“Of Mothers and Other Demons” Tales to Inspire Moonstone Collection Book 2, 2021

"Where is Ophelia's Mother" 2nd place Sarah Lockwood Memorial Poetry Society of Virginia March 2018

Love and Romance 2 Elizabeths Volume I, 2018

“Particle Song” finalist in Rash Award in Poetry Broad River Review 2017

“The Whens of Now” Finalist The 44th New Millennium Writing Awards 2017

“Mowing the Lawn” Shortlisted for the Fish Poetry Prize, Fish Anthology 2016

“There Must Be a Science to This” Winner Bermuda Triangle Prize The Poet’s Billow 2015


            Published Poems and Essays

"Widow's Chant" Pratik: Cordoba : A Celebration Vol XVIII NO 3 August 2023

"I Have Lost My Fear" SWWIM March 13 2023

“A Collage of Hangings” New Verse News 12/15/22

“Piecrust Legend” The Orchards Poetry Journal Winter 2022

Relentless Sunrise: after “Cell” by Margaret Atwood” Glassworks Fall 2022

“DIY Apocalypse” Sleet Magazine Volume 13 Number 1 Spring/Summer 2021

“Advice” and “Why We Are Here” The Poetry Distillery Online Chapbook 2020

“Dia de los Muertos” Ask For Arts Poetic License Exhibition 2020

“I Still Exist” Centering and Grief Digest Magazine April 17 2019

“Back Then” and “Blueprint” Boomer Lit  Spring 2018

“Of Light and Mornings” Light Issue 6 Spring 2018

“Queen Size” The Poetry Distillery 2018

“Spelling Error” Poets Reading The News November 24, 2017 (audio)

“The Whens of Now,” “Maybe Then,” and “On Seeing the Pieta” Hudson Valley Writers Guild 2017

“On Magritte’s The Voice of Blood” The Ekphrastic Review Aug 9, 2017

“Saturday Poetry Workshop” Chronogram 2016

“Groceries” Understanding Dionysia Press No 12-13, 2015

“Habit” and “Size Two” Misfit Magazine Issue 13 Spring 2015

“The Calgary Stampede” 2009

“The Big Onion” 2009


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. 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 (Board Member)

National Association of Memoir Writers
National Council of Teachers of English

New York Writers Coalition
PEN America

PEN International

Poetry Society of America

Poets & Writers

Stone Ridge Public Library (Board Member)

Women's National Book Association

Woodstock Poetry Society

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