Lisa St. John is a writer living in the Hudson Valley of upstate New York. Her first chapbook, Ponderings, was published by Finishing Line Press. She is currently looking for a publisher for her memoir, THE DEAD FOLDER. Lisa has published her poetry in 2Elizabeths, the Barbaric Yawp, Bear Creek Haiku, Misfit Magazine, Understanding Dionysia Press, The Poet’s Billow, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, The Ekphrastic Review, Albany Poets, Eyedrum Periodically, Light, Entropy Magazine, The Poetry Distillery, Poets Reading the News, Boomer Lit, 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. “Particle Song” was a finalist for the 2017 Rash Award in Poetry by Broad River Review. 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. Her essay “Of Mothers and Other Demons” appears in Tales to Inspire: Moonstone Collection -Book 2 2021
Swallowing Stones is a book of poetry about finding space for grief and regaining joy.
Awards and Recognition
- "There Must be a Science to This" The Poet’s Billow 2015 Bermuda Triangle Prize Winner. "Where is Ophelia's Mother?" 2nd place Sarah Lockwood Memorial category Poetry Society of Virginia March 2018 "The Whens of Now" Finalist 44th New Millennium Writing Awards "Being With" Finalist The Poet’s Billow Bermuda Triangle Prize 2022 “Particle Song” finalist in Rash Award in Poetry Broad River Review 2017 “Mowing the Lawn” Shortlisted for the Fish Poetry Prize, Fish Anthology 2016