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Lisa Fishman

Lisa Fishman

Photo: James Fishman-Morren

Lisa Fishman’s seventh collection of poetry, Mad World, Mad Kings, Mad Composition, was recently released on Wave Books (2020) and her debut fiction collection, World Naked Bike Ride, is forthcoming on Gaspereau Press (2022). She is also the author of 24 Pages and other poems (Wave, 2015); F L O W E R C A R T (Ahsahta Press, 2011); Current (Parlor Press, 2011); The Happiness Experiment (Ahsahta, 2007); Dear, Read (Ahsahta, 2002) and The Deep Heart’s Core is a Suitcase (New Issues Press, 1996). A dual Canadian/US writer with family roots in Montreal, she currently divides her time between Nova Scotia and her farm in Wisconsin and is an editor at Poetry Salzburg Review.

Fishman has been nominated for a PEN/Robert J. Dau Story Story Prize and a Pushcart Prize. Her work is anthologized in Best American Experimental Writing (Omnidawn, 2014), The Ecopoetry Anthology (Trinity University Press, 2013), The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta, 2012), Not for Mothers Only (Fence Books, 2007), American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie-Mellon UP, 2000) and elsewhere.

Her chapbooks include at the same time as scattering (Albion Books, 2010), Lining (Boxwood Editions, 2009), KabbaLoom (Wyrd Press, 2008), and ‘The Holy Spirit does not deal in synonimes: a Transcription of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Marginalia in Her Greek and Hebrew Bibles’ (Parcel Press, 2008). A pamphlet, Deer 1, was published by Oxeye Press, 2015, and Note on Niedecker’s Takuboku was published as a pamphlet by The Brother in Elysium in 2015 (expanded in The Wave Papers, 2016).

The first Lorine Niedecker Poet-in-Residence on Blackhawk Island, Fishman recently served as MFA Director at Columbia College Chicago, where she is Professor of English and Creative Writing. She has recent or forthcoming work in 6x6Denver QuarterlyFairy Tale Review1913Voltjubilat, SplitLevel Texts, Jacket 2 and other journals.

Orfordville and Halifax
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Mad World, Mad Kings, Mad Composition. Wave Books, 2020
24 Pages and other poems. Wave Books, 2015
F L O W E R C A R T. Ahsahta Press, 2011
Current. Parlor Press, 2011
The Happiness Experiment. Ahsahta Press, 2007
Dear, Read. Ahsahta Press, 2002
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