Readings & Performances

Reading of The One Day
Thursday, March 2, 2023 @ 7:00pm EST
Public Library Main Branch
Cambridge, MA

IAWA Boston, Reading with Diane Josefowicz
Saturday, January 21, 2023 @ 6:00pm EST

Kelsay Books Virtual Reading
Saturday, January 22, 2022 @ 3:00pm EST
Click here to watch (my segment begins at 1:00:49)

Cambridge Common Writers Virtual Reading
Thursday, January 12, 2022 @ 8:00pm
Featuring Lesley University Alumni

New England Poetry Club: Fall Fest
Sunday, September 12, 2021 @ 1:00pm
Click here to watch (my segment begins at 2:03:34)

Boston Poetry Marathon: Online
Friday, August 6, 2021 @ 6:10pm
Click here to watch (my segment begins at 9:29)

Lily Poetry Salon, Reading with Gloria Mindock and Tzynya Pinchback
Friday, May 28, 2021 @ 7:30pm EDT

Mom Egg Review, Vol. 19 Virtual Launch Party and Reading
Sunday, May 2, 2021 @ 3:00pm EDT

Click here to watch (my segment begins at 13:49)

Book Launch Party
Saturday, February 20, 2021 @ 3:00pm EST (actual broadcast at 4:00pm due to technical difficulties)
Readings from my new chapbook, Simple as a Sonnet, featuring special guest appearances
Click to watch here on YouTube


Solidarity Salon: Virtual Version!
Saturday, December 5, 2020 @ 7:00pm
Stories, Poems, and Music: live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube:

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Solidarity Salon: Virtual Version!
Saturday, October 3, 2020 @ 7:00pm
Readings by twelve poets, live-streamed on Facebook

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Boston Free Radio: Open Reading
Interview by Sal Inglima with Lisa DeSiro, recorded live at Bloc Cafe in Somerville, MA
(also includes recordings of music performances)
September 26, 2020
Boston Poetry Marathon
Three days of readings (Aug. 6, 7, 8) featuring more than 100 poets!
Saturday, August 8, 2020 @ 12:30pm

Voices from Home: a virtual reading
Saturday, May 9, 2020
Mom Egg Review celebrated its HOME issue on May 9th with a virtual reading by contributing writers and poets. More than twenty-five contributors created videos and sound recordings of themselves reading work from the issue. Others provided notes that offer insights into how their work was created.

Brian Moll Faculty Recital:
Celebrating Poetry and Song with Students and Alumni

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 8:00pm
The Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music
Seully Hall, Floor 4
8 The Fenway, Boston MA

Four Poems by Lisa DeSiro:

“Petit mari, petite femme” (music by Georges Bizet); Brian Moll and Lisa DeSiro, pianists:

The Hastings Room Reading Series

with Eileen Cleary and Denise Bergman
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 7:00pm
First Church
11 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA

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Solidarity Salon: poems & stories & music & dance

Saturday, December 14, 2019 @ 7:30pm
The Lilypad

1353 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA
Lisa DeSiro, Joey Gould, Liliana Jimenez, Ju-Hee Kang, Lauren Leja,
Julia Lisella, In Paik, Anne Pluto, Renuka Raghavan, and Anna Warrock

The Solidarity Salon gathers together local artists of various genres to share their creations in community spaces. The series aims to especially amplify the voices of women, people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ persons. Donations collected at the December 14 event will go to On The Rise.

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New England Poetry Club: Poetry in the Parlor Reading Series
Friday, November 1, 2019 @ 7:00pm
The Old Manse
269 Monument Street
Concord, MA

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Solidarity Salon
Saturday, August 24, 2019 @ 7:00pm
The Green Room
62 Bow Street
Somerville, MA

Music & Poetry & Theater & Art
Liz Anker, Lisa DeSiro, Elizabeth Doran, Angie Elm, Karen Friedland,
Lo Galluccio, Frannie Lindsay, Gloria Mindock, Deborah Schwartz, Melissa Silva
The Solidarity Salon gathers together local artists of various genres to share their creations in community spaces. The series aims to especially amplify the voices of women, people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ persons.
Donations collected at this August 24 event were given to the Grolier Poetry Bookshop, in memory of its former owner, Ifeanyi Menkiti.
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Boston Poetry Marathon

Friday, August 16, 2019 @ 10:16pm
The Community Church of Boston
525 Boylston Street in Copley Square
Boston, MA

Book Launch and Reading with Deborah Schwartz
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 @ 7:00pm
Trident Booksellers and Café
338 Newbury Street
Boston, MA
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The First and Last Word Poetry Series
Reading with Jennifer Martelli and Cindy Veach
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 @ 7:00pm
Hosted by Gloria Mindock and Harris Gardner
Center for the Arts at the Armory Café
191 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA
Admission: $4.00

Cambridge River Festival
Saturday, June 1, 2019 @ 3:00pm
Poetry Tent
University Park on Sidney Street, Cambridge MA

Mom Egg Review 17 Launch Party and Reading
Saturday, May 18, 2019 @ 4:00–6:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282

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Solidarity Salon
Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 7:00–9:00pm
Third Life Studio
33 Union Square
Somerville, MA
Directions and parking information:

  • Paintings by Andrea Lynne
  • Poetry by Robert Carr, Frances Donovan, and Kelly DuMar
    (with members of Playback Theatre)
  • Music by Robin Ginenthal (soprano) and Lisa DeSiro (piano)
  • Hard Stones, a song cycle written by Griffin Candey with texts by Lisa DeSiro,
    performed by Ann Moss (soprano) and Lois Shapiro (piano)
Admission $5.00
Reception afterward including refreshments

Books, CDs, and art available to purchase


Poets Reading the News, Rise Up Review, and Writers Resist

Thursday, March 28, 6–9pm
600 E Burnside Street
Portland, OR
Nasty Women Poets Reading and Book Signing
Thursday, March 28, 10pm–midnight
The Cardinal Club
18 NE 28th Avenue
Portland, OR

Nixes Mate Marathon
Saturday, January 26, 2019 @ 2:00–5:00pm
Ludcke Research Center, Sherrill Library
Lesley University
89 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA

Sparks & Wiry Cries NYC songSLAM
Stephanie Weiss, mezzo-soprano and Christina Wright-Ivanova, pianist
performing “I’m a Girl. What’s your superpower?”
(music by Heather Gilligan, text by Lisa DeSiro)
Thursday, January 17, 2019 @ 8:00pm
Cary Hall at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 W. 37th Street
New York, NY

Italian American Writers Association Literary Reading & Open Mic
Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
I AM Books
189 North St
Boston, MA

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Siblings: Poetry & Music
with David DeSiro
Friday, November 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Shamballa Cafe
7 West Genesee Street
Baldwinsville, NYIMG_1039


Poems in the Aftermath Anthology Reading
Friday, November 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Porter Square Books
24 White Street
Cambridge, MA

Writers Resist: The Anthology Reading
Friday, October 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
The Bookery
844 Elm Street
Manchester, NH

Poets & Pints: reading series sponsored by Porter Square Books
with Michael McInnis and Gloria Mindock
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Aeronaut Brewing Co.
14 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA


Boston Poetry Marathon (August 10–12, featuring 130+ poets)
Sunday, August 12, 2018 @ 1:24 pm
Outpost 186
186 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA


Solidarity Salon: reading/performance/exhibit
with Jenn Pici Falk, Carissa Fu, Kay Patterson, Anne Pluto, and Beth Sweeney
Sunday, July 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Lily Pad
1353 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Click here to see footage of the July 29 Solidarity Salon (starts at 3:18 in the video), from Kay Patterson’s YouTube channel “The Organized Soprano”.

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Solidarity Salon: reading/performance/exhibit
with Kelly Dumar, Darci Hanna, Jennifer Martelli, Kay Patterson, and Anne Pluto
Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Third Life Studio
33 Union Square
Somerville, MA

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Solidarity Salon: reading/performance/exhibit
with James Dargan, Sammy Greenspan, Miranda Loud, Lee Okan, and Deborah Schwartz
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Free admission and parking
Arts at the Armory Cafe
191 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA

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Book Launch & Reading
with Lee Okan and Anne Pluto
Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Lesley University, Sherrill Library
Cambridge, MA

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Unamuno Author Series
Reading with Richard Scott
Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Desperate Literature Bookshop
Madrid, Spain


From Bay to Shining Bay
Sunday, April 15, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Piedmont Piano Company
Oakland, CA
West Coast premiere of Hard Stones by Griffin Candey, with poetry by Lisa DeSiro, composed to commemorate the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing; performed by soprano Ann Moss.


Contemporary Music Seminar Recital
Friday, April 6, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Rivers School Conservatory
333 Winter Street
Weston, MA
World premiere of Hard Stones by Griffin Candey, with poetry by Lisa DeSiro, composed to commemorate the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing; performed by soprano Ann Moss.

Tupelo Press 30/30 Project Reading and Party
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
400 N Ashley Drive, Cube 200
Tampa, FL

Nasty Women Poets Reading
Porter Square Books
Cambridge, MA
Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

New England/Northeast Area contributors to the anthology
My turn at the mic

Reading as part of the Nixes Mate Extravaganza
at Cervena Barva Press in Arts at the Armory, Somerville, MA
November 10, 2017

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Reading at the Boston Poetry Marathon in Cambridge, MA, August 2017