Lory Widmer Hess

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Author's Bio

I live with my family in the beautiful Bernese Jura region of Switzerland, where I currently work part-time in a residential home for adults with developmental disabilities.

I've always loved poetry, but after childhood my creativity seemed to shut down, in the face of depression and relationship issues. A crisis in midlife opened up that avenue again, and I am deeply grateful for this healing impulse, which I've begun to share with others through publication. My writing has been published in a variety of print and online publications, listed on my website.

I’m interested in prayer and contemplative practice, and am currently in training to be certified as a spiritual director. My book When Fragments Make a Whole: A Personal Journey Through Healing Stories in the Bible will be published in 2024 by Floris Books.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

When Fragments Make a Whole (Floris Books, 2024)
Braided Way
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Motherwell Magazine
Vita Poetica Journal


Agape Review
Amethyst Review
Anglican Theological Review
Ekstasis Magazine
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Poetry Breakfast
Reformed Journal
Solum Journal
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Prizes won: 

Helen Schaible Memorial Sonnet Contest, 2023: Honorable Mention for "Saint John's Fire"

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

More Information

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Raised in: 
Mercer Island, WA
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Last update: Feb 10, 2024