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). Individual poems of hers are featured in Writers Resist: The Anthology, Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, and Thirty Days: The Best of the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project’s First Year; as well as in numerous journals, 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. 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.
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. 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 been active as a professional pianist for almost thirty 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 working as a freelancer, Lisa has been employed by several academic and non-profit organizations. Her current positions include: Production & Editorial Assistant for C.P.E. Bach: The Complete Works; Book Editor for Indolent Books; and Pianist for Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. Lisa earned degrees at Lesley University (MFA in Creative Writing), Longy School of Music (MM in Collaborative Piano), The Boston Conservatory (BM in Piano Performance/Accompanying), and Binghamton University (BA in Literature and Creative Writing). To read more about her skills and experience, visit her LinkedIn profile.