In front of the John Lennon Wall in Prague.




Saturday, November 5, 2016

Good Literary Citizenship Post #1: A Reminder from Emma Lee's Blog

A couple of weeks ago,the blog post How to Be a Successful Poet on Social Media (Emma Lee's Blog, October 26, 2016) appeared in my inbox just in time to remind me of my responsibilities as a citizen of the literary community. In it Emma Lee, a blogger and writer based in England, asks some important questions such as:
  • When was the last time you shared someone else's status update/tweet/blog link on social media? 
  • When was the last time you shared a link to your blog? (Read the rest of the post here.)
Now that I'm in the process of marketing my new poetry collection, Always a Blue House (Saddle Road Press) due for release on December 10, 2016, I find myself in the position of asking people to help me spread the news of my book on social media and in literary journals. As for many writers, this process is not always comfortable. I'd much rather be sitting in my room writing poems. But in the publication world, it's a necessary part of the journey. 

So far, I've had many generous people give me opportunities for interviews and reviews. Emma Lee is one of those. Now she's reminded me that I can return the favor in my own small way. 

What better way to make myself feel less forward and self-important than to find ways to help get the word out for others' work? I've decided to do a series of posts featuring the work of other poets and writers. Just doing my bit.

So, people, check out Emma Lee's blog. She has some great resources for writers. It's fun to read about what's going on in the English poetry world. Who knows, you might find a place for your work beyond your own country.





Wednesday, September 21, 2016

My Poem Up On Silver Birch Press


My poem "799-7632" was published on Silver Birch Press's blog.That's me in my 8th grade graduation dress.


799-7632
by Lisa Rizzo
That phone number rang
in the blue crackerbox house
at 17827 Baker Avenue
in a manufactured town
called Country Club Hills.
You can view the post and read the rest here.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Such Beautiful Books!

Today the advance copies of my book, Always a Blue House arrived on my doorstep. It is such a beautiful book thanks to the editing and design work of the multi-talented Ruth Thompson and Don Mitchell of Saddle Road Press

My book officially comes out December 10, 2016, just in time for my birthday. You can pre-order it on Amazon here, or wait to order it via my website in December. 

How many different photos of my books can I take? 








Saturday, August 27, 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Bali Haiku 2


small women carry
whole world of wares on their heads 
smiling as they walk

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Bali Haiku 1

August 29, 2016

motor bikes carry
families students bundles
life rolls on two wheels