Lisa Marie Brodsky


Author's Bio

Believing wholeheartedly in the power and healing found in the written word, my poetry has largely been called "confessional" or autobiographical. I believe one's personal experiences can be formed and molded into a literary kaleidoscope in which to see a better world. Knowing suffering and struggle can make up our daily lives, I seek to lead others to a place of confident creativity, of believing their unique story has value. Besides writing, I lead a number of workshops related to using creative writing as a vehicle for emotional wellness while I work as a Peer Support Specialist in the mental health field.  Poetry can translate the unspeakable to a language that liberates us from insecurity and the smallness of life. I have taught workshops via AllWriters' Workplace & Workshop: "The Bridge Poem," "The Memory at Work," "Translating the Language of Loss," and "Alchemy of the Wounded Heart." I have performed and presented poetry to a variety of people ranging from school-aged children to seniors with dementia (the latter as part of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project).

If you breathe, you have a story to tell. Someone is waiting to hear your story.

Publications & Prizes

Motherlung (Salmon Poetry, 2014)
We Nod Our Dark Heads (Parallel Press, 2008)
Ampersand Poetry Journal
Artful Dodge
Barrow Street
Boiling River
Born Magazine
Chesapeake Reader
Circle Magazine
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Evergreen Review
Front Porch Review
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Linden Avenue Literary Journal
Loch Raven Review
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Southern Ocean Review
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THAT Literary Review
Verse Wisconsin
Prizes won: 

Outstanding Poetry recognition for a 2014 publication by the Wisconsin Library Association Literary Awards Committee - for "Motherlung" (Salmon Poetry, 2014)

Semi-finalist for Naugatuck River Review's 9th Annual Narrative Poetry Contest

Finalist for the James Hearst Poetry Prize - North American Review

 Honorable Mention - Wisconsin Fellowship of Poetry Muse Prize

1st Place - Circle Magazine

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Sharon Olds, Olena Kalytiak Davis, Amy Gerstler, Linda Pastan, Mary Oliver, Alison Townsend, Sylvia Plath,

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Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, Children, Disability, Illness/Wellness, Mental Health, Seniors, Teenagers
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Born in: 
Chicago, IL
Raised in: 
Harwood Heights, IL
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Last update: May 28, 2021