Lisa Sornberger

Author's Bio

Excited to announce April release of Gathered Light: The Poetry of Joni Mitchell's Songs This book, co-authored by Lisa and John Sornberger,is a compilation of original essays, poetry and short fiction, by an exciting group of authors, including Wally Lamb, Fred Wah (Poet Laureate of Canada), Cornelius Eady, Susan Deer Cloud, Sharon Bell Veer, Larry Klein, David Geffen, and many more. Joni has contributed updated lyrics, which are presented as poetry for the first time in this book, plus a gorgeous cover painting. Each contributor shares his or her connection to, interpretation of, and inspiration from their favorite Mitchell poem. Many comment on a larger societal or political issue explored therein. All share their experiences of why Joni’s work has been so important to them, and in doing so, touch yet transcend the personal. Editors Lisa and John Sornberger live and write poetry and educational works, respectively, in Connecticut. They are thrilled by the creative energy and spirit of collaboration on this project. "It is high time Joni got her due as the poet she is", say the Sornbergers. Also, from Lisa "My first full-length book of poetry, Returning Light, is available from Antrim House ( And thanks for stopping by!"

Publications and Prizes

Gathered Light: The Poetry of Joni Mitchell's Songs
(Three O'Clock Press, 2013)
, Returning Light
(Antrim House, 2008)
, Stone and Feather
Take Two - They're Small
(Outrider Press, 2002)
3, Common Ground Review, Embers, Fairfield Review, Ginosko Literary Journal, New Virginia Review, The New York Quarterly
Prizes Won: 
Fellowship, Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets; Scholarship, Wesleyan Writers Conference, Windham Area Poetry Project, Whitlock Award.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
The Liars Club by Mary Karr
Hundreds and Thousands by Emily Carr

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Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
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Vernon, CT
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Last updated: Mar 19, 2013