Lisa’s current writing practice focuses on the prose poetry sub-genre. Prose poetry is the chimera of poetic forms and occupies the liminal territories intersecting several literary genres including poetry, prose and non-fiction. Having published lineated, turned verse since 2002 this new prose poetry practice is a departure for Lisa and testimony to the growing UK interest in this genre-defying, paradoxical form. Lisa’s poems have appeared in a variety of UK journals including, ‘Oxford Poetry’, ‘The Interpreter’s House’ and ‘The Rialto’. ‘Gaze’ a prose poem triptych from Lisa’s current doctoral practice, was awarded first place in the 2018 Welshpool Poetry Festival competition and Lisa performs her work, solo and collaboratively around the UK. Influences range from Selima Hill, Claudia Rankin, Rosmarie Waldrop, Gillian Allnutt, Anne Sexton, Audre Lorde and Emily Dickinson to Bjork, Nina Simone, Cocteau Twins and surrealists artists and photographers. Lisa has published four books, a chapbook and has edited several anthologies. She was Poetry Editor at Mslexia Magazine and is interested in poetry in a variety of contexts. She discovered poetry after struggling to read long prose works and started to develop an interest in writing song lyrics and poetry in secondary school. As a Library & Information Assistant Lisa first encountered the collection 45 Mercy Street by Anne Sexton, the eponymous poem of which is at the heart of Lisa’s doctorate.


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(All full collections/volumes unless otherwise stated)

Callisto. (June 2018). Red Squirrel Press: Northumberland, UK.

Among woods and water: an anthology of poetry for the Northern Poetry Library. (May 2016). Literal Fish Press; Whitley Bay, UK. [Editor, Introduction & contributor].

Two Rivers and the Sea: a poetic-visual essay inspired by the Northumberland coast and Rachel Carson. (Apr 2016). Literal Fish Press; Whitley Bay, UK. [Co-author].

The eternally packed suitcase. (Dec 2015). Vane Women Press: Darlington, UK.

14. (Jul 2013). Literal Fish Press; Whitley Bay, UK.

Gaps in the sequence: poetry inspired by the Stemistry project. (Jun 2009). Newcastle University: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. [Editor].

The deadheading diaries. (May 2008). Dogeater Press: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Postcards from a waterless lake. (Oct 2001). Diamond Twig Press, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

The Blue Room anthology. (Mar 2000) Damond Twig Press, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. [Co-editor].


Quiver: a monthly queer culture column – The Crack Magazine: Newcastle upon Tyne

Songbursts: more modern women songwriters – Mslexia Magazine

Songbirds: modern women songwriters – Mslexia Magazine