Lisa L. Siedlarz holds an MFA from Western Connecticut State University with a concentration in war poetry. Recipient of the John Holmes Award and the Leo Connellan Poetry Prize, her poetry is widely published in journals such as The MacGuffin, Poems & Plays, and Louisiana Literature, and has been anthologized in Warsaw Tales and Battle Runes: Writings on War. From 2008 to 2011, she was editor of Connecticut River Review, and at present serves as managing editor for Connecticut Review. In 2010 Connecticut Review invited her to guest edit a special Veterans of War issue. Her debut chapbook, I Dream My Brother Plays Baseball (Clemson University, 2009), drew praise from reviewers. Vivien Shipley, winner of the Connecticut Book Award for Poetry, wrote: “Siedlarz’s collection of poems . . . shimmers like the heat over desert sand where civilians and soldiers alike are caught and often destroyed by powers that cannot be controlled.”
In 2008, Lisa facilitated a 16-week writing workshop with Vietnam veterans at the V.A. Hospital in West Haven, CT, and edited an anthology of their writing called A Season of Now. Since then, she has become active in veterans’ causes by participating in public service announcements for Post Traumatic Stress Outreach programs and organizing annual Stockings for Soldiers drives. She facilitates a bi-monthly creative writing workshop with combat veterans and their families at the New Haven Vet Center. The workshop meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month and is open to combat veterans and immediate families of combat veterans.