Lisa DeSiro is the author of Simple as a Sonnet (Kelsay Books, 2021), Labor (Nixes Mate Books, 2018), and Grief Dreams (White Knuckle Press, 2017). She is featured in Writers Resist: The Anthology (Running Wild Press, 2018), Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press, 2017), and Thirty Days: The Best of the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project’s First Year (Tupelo Press, 2015). Her poem “Motherly Advice” was nominated for a 2019 Pushcart Prize, and her poem “In Lieu of Flowers” was a winner in the City of Cambridge 2017 Sidewalk Poetry Contest. Other poems of hers have appeared in various print and online publications, including: Aethlon, The Avenue, Artemis Journal, Blood & Bourbon, Cliterature, Commonthought Magazine, Cordella Magazine, Friends Journal, The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, The Healing Muse, Independent Noise Literary Magazine, Indolent Books (What Rough Beast), Jam Tarts Magazine, Lily Poetry Review, Mezzo Cammin, Mom Egg Review, The Ocean State Review, The Orchards Poetry Journal, Ovunque Siamo, Right Hand Pointing (One Sentence Poems), Nixes Mate Review, Plath Poetry Project, Pre-existing Poems, Prodigal’s Chair, Rat’s Ass Review (Such an Ugly Time), Rattle (Poets Respond), The Road Not Taken, Salamander, Shooter Literary Magazine, Sixfold, The Writers’ Cafe, and Writers Resist.
Lisa frequently collaborates with composers, providing texts to be set for singing, and is a core collaborator of the repertory group CMASH. Poems of hers can be heard in musical settings on the albums Currents and Living in Light. Composer Heather Gilligan’s setting of Lisa’s poem “I’m a Girl. What’s your superpower?” won second prize at the 2019 songSLAM NYC competition.
Lisa has also been active as a professional pianist for over 25 years; her specialty is accompanying for art song, musical theater, and dance. She has performed throughout Greater Boston and in Europe. In 2018 she started the Solidarity Salon, a performance series that features literary, musical, visual, theater, and movement artists who gather together to share their creations at local community spaces. The series aims to especially amplify the voices of women, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ+ persons, and those with disabilities.
In addition to being employed as Production & Editorial Assistant for C.P.E. Bach: The Complete Works, Lisa is an assistant editor for Indolent Books. She is also a pianist at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. Along with her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University, Lisa has degrees from Binghamton University, The Boston Conservatory, and Longy School of Music. To read more about Lisa’s skills and experience, visit her LinkedIn profile.