Lisa Bernstein aka Lisa B

Oakland, CA 94620-0663
(510) 336-3276

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

Publications and Prizes

Center of the Rhyme (CD)
(Piece of Pie Records, 2003)
, Christmas Time Is Here (and Chanukah and the Solstice) (CD)
(Piece of Pie Records, 2011)
, Free Me for the Joy (CD)
(Piece of Pie Records, 1999)
, The Poetry of Groove (CD)
(Piece of Pie Records, 2009)
, The Transparent Body
(Wesleyan University Press, 1989)
, What's New, Pussycat?: Tunes & Tales about Cool Cats (CD)
(Piece of Pie Records, 2006)
Beyond Lament: Poets of the World Bearing Witness to the Holocaust
(Northwestern University Press, 1998)
, Homeless Not Helpless
(Canterbury Press, 1991)
, Ladies, Start Your Engines
(Faber & Faber, 1996)
, Men and Women: Together and Alone
(The Spirit That Moves Us Press, 1988)
, Orpheus & Co
(University of New England Press, 1999)
# 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
(Five Fingers Review Press, 1985)
Prizes Won: 
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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Last updated: Feb 23, 2013