Lisa DeSiro is the author of Labor (Nixes Mate Books, forthcoming) and Grief Dreams (White Knuckle Press, 2017). She is featured in 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 “In Lieu of Flowers” was a winner in the 2017 Sidewalk Poetry Contest and will be imprinted on a sidewalk in the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Other poems of hers have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals and online publications, including: Aethlon, Artemis Journal, Blood & Bourbon, Commonthought Magazine, Cordella Magazine, Friends Journal, The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, The Healing Muse, Indolent Books (What Rough Beast), Jam Tarts Magazine, Mezzo Cammin, The Ocean State Review, 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, and Writers Resist.
Lisa has twice been a participant in the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference. In 2016, she was a semi-finalist for The Word Works Washington Prize and a finalist for the Paper Nautilus Debut Series Chapbook Contest. She was a finalist in the 2015 Mass Poetry on the T contest, and she won second prize in the sonnet category of the 2013 Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition.
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.
Along with her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University, Lisa has degrees from Binghamton University, The Boston Conservatory, and Longy School of Music. Previously she earned her living as an accompanist, vocal coach, piano teacher, and music administrator. During that career she performed throughout Greater Boston and in Europe, with a focus on collaborative genres such as musical theater, art song, and opera. Since 2005 she has been employed as Production & Editorial Assistant for C.P.E. Bach: The Complete Works. She is also a volunteer Assistant Editor for Indolent Books.