My poem “In Lieu of Flowers” was one of the winners in the 2017 City of Cambridge Sidewalk Poetry Contest. After delays last year, the winning poems were finally installed during the first weekend of this month (June 2018). Unfortunately the Department of Public Works didn’t alert the Arts Council in time to notify any of us, so I wasn’t able to watch the installation. Also, rainy weather (and/or other factors) caused the imprint to be uneven, so not all of the words came out sharply. Plus, vandals scratched some graffiti into the wet cement (it seems to be fading and is almost invisible in the photo below). Despite all of that, I’m honored that my poem was chosen, and I’m delighted for my words to be shared with the community through this physical embodiment. If you’re in Cambridge, MA you can find my poem on Broadway in front of the Cambridge Public Library main branch.
My debut collection of poetry, Labor (published by Nixes Mate), is now available! Paperback and Kindle copies can be ordered online at Amazon. Printed copies are also available for direct sale from the publisher. Another option (which supports me, Nixes Mate, and small businesses) is to request that your local book store order copies. If you live in the Boston area, keep an eye out for copies on the shelves of some shops there.
I’m delighted to announce that Nixes Mate Books has accepted my mid-sized manuscript, Labor, for publication. This will be my first book in print! Stay tuned for more news about release date and readings.
I’m pleased to announce the release of my e-chapbook, Grief Dreams, published by White Knuckle Press. The book is a collection of 11 prose poems, which you can read here: https://www.whiteknucklepress.com/lisa-desiro
I’m grateful to the White Knuckle Press editors for their thoughtful design and careful attention to detail, and for bringing so many chapbooks into the world—all available online for free!
My chapbook Grief Dreams will be published in June 2017 by White Knuckle Press! This is my first manuscript acceptance, and I’m thrilled. Stay tuned for more announcements about the book release next year.
When my dear friend and colleague Anastasia Nikolova invited me to contribute an article about poetry for The Opera Stage’s Guest Artist Blog, of course I had to say yes. I led a few workshop discussions on this topic in the past, and I have ambitions of writing a book about it in the future. (Thank you, Anastasia and Stephen, for the opportunity to share my ideas with all the Opera Stage followers!)
One of my manuscripts, Simple as a Sonnet, was chosen as a finalist in the Paper Nautilus Debut Series Chapbook Contest! Although this recognition does not include publication by the press, it nevertheless is a boost to my confidence. I feel more encouraged now to continue submitting this particular manuscript elsewhere. And the editor, Lisa Mangini, sent me a personal e-mail with the kind comment “Out of almost 90 submissions, your writing was some of the most memorable.”