Lisa Shulman has been writing ever since she could hold a pencil. As a shy child, she found that writing poetry and fiction gave her a way to express herself and connect with others. When she was nine, Lisa submitted a story to a New York publisher and received her first rejection letter, a personal one, which she still regrets throwing away.
An elementary school teacher for many years, Lisa also led writing workshops for both children and adults. When her twin daughters were born, she was inspired to write children’s books, publishing four popular picture books with Penguin Group, and writing books and classroom materials for educational publishers.
Lisa’s poetry and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in ONE ART, Catamaran, the San Diego Poetry Annual, Minnow Literary Magazine, The Best Small Fictions, California Quarterly, and a number of other journals and anthologies. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a winner in the Jessamyn West Creative Writing Contest, her poetry has been performed by Off the Page Readers Theater. Her poetry chapbook Fragile Bones, Fierce Heart will be published by Finishing Line Press in 2025.
With a keen eye for the seen and unseen, Lisa weaves together observations on nature and the human experience, exploring such topics as climate change, social justice, grief, and hope. Her poems, with their vivid imagery and lyricism, invite the reader to connect with the natural world, with hope, and with each other.
Lisa lives in Northern California where she teaches poetry with California Poets in the Schools.