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Lisa Bernstein aka Lisa B

Author's Bio

Poet and singer Lisa Bernstein (Lisa B) is the author of The Transparent Body (Wesleyan University Press) and Anorexia (Five Fingers Poetry). Her poems have appeared in 60+ anthologies and periodicals, including The Kenyon Review, Tikkun, Ploughshares, Calyx, Brilliant Corners, Field, City Lights Review, Zyzzyva, Antaeus, and Feminist Studies. She has won creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ucross Foundation, Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Puffin Foundation. She was Associate Director of The Poetry Center (during the term of Director Bob Gluck) and lecturer in creative writing at San Francisco State University. Lisa B is also a jazz-soul singer-songwriter incorporating poetry into original songs and standards. She has released five CDs, which each received radio play and charting on 100+ trade-reporter stations, plus excellent reviews in All Music Guide, Jazz Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and many other publications. As a solo artist or bandleader, she has done 80+ gigs in the Bay Area and beyond. She lives in Oakland, California. See www.lisabmusic.com.

Publications and Prizes

Christmas Time Is Here (and Chanukah and the Solstice) (CD) (Piece of Pie Records, 2011), The Poetry of Groove (CD) (Piece of Pie Records, 2009), What's New, Pussycat?: Tunes & Tales about Cool Cats (CD) (Piece of Pie Records, 2006), Center of the Rhyme (CD) (Piece of Pie Records, 2003), Free Me for the Joy (CD) (Piece of Pie Records, 1999), The Transparent Body (Wesleyan University Press, 1989)
Anorexia (Five Fingers Review Press, 1985)
Orpheus & Co (University of New England Press, 1999), Beyond Lament: Poets of the World Bearing Witness to the Holocaust (Northwestern University Press, 1998), Ladies, Start Your Engines (Faber & Faber, 1996), Homeless Not Helpless (Canterbury Press, 1991), Men and Women: Together and Alone (The Spirit That Moves Us Press, 1988)
# Magazine, Alcatraz, Ally, American Writing, Antaeus, Atlanta Review, Bastard Review, Brilliant Corners, Caliban, California Quarterly, Calyx, City Lights Review, Day Tonight/Night Today, Feminist Studies, Field, Five Fingers Review, Frighten the Horses, Ironwood, Kalliope, Kayak, Kenyon Review, Liberty Hill Poetry Review, Lilith, Mirage, MSS, Napa Review, Pivot, Ploughshares, Poet Lore, Poetry International, Pulpsmith, Rain City Review, Red Dirt, River City, Tikkun, Transfer, War, Literature and the Arts, Yellow Silk, Zyzzyva
National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship; Puffin Foundation grant recipient; Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Inc. grant recipient; Ucross Foundation, Sheridan, Wyoming artist in residence; Headlands Center for the Arts artist in residence and grant recipient

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Listing last updated: February 23, 2013

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