• My Photo, Over the Bridge, Chosen as Cover Photo for Anthology of Appalachian Photography

    Sapling Grove Press chose my photo, Over the Bridge, as the cover photo for their 2015 book, Rich Community: An Anthology of Appalachian Photographers. This is a terrific collection of Appalachian visual artists and their work. You can find the book under the Photography Book section on my home page or here: http://www.saplinggrovepress.com/anthology-of-appalachian-photographers/

  • Poetry & Musical Performance in NYC

    What an amazing experience to be a part of Through The Storm, a performance of music and poetry at the Marble Loft on 5th Avenue in Manhattan. Using poetry from my book, as well as newer poems from my second book in work, these professional musicians performed my poetry and sang astonishing works from mountain ballads to operatic arias to modern pieces. I was fortunate enough to perform Hard Times Come Again No More as a solo, as well as singing duets with the amazing Brian Hurst and Kristin Gornstein. One of the most amazing experiences of my artistic life!

  • This Gone Place Honored with the Weatherford Award in Literature

    This Gone Place received the 2010 Appalachian Studies Association Weatherford Award for Poetry


    My first book, This Gone Place, published by MotesBooks, is out and available for purchase! You can get the book on Amazon at the link under the Poetry Book tab on my homepage.

    Editorial Press Release:
    ~ THIS GONE PLACE, a collection of poems by Lisa J. Parker (published by MotesBooks), explores the complexities of being Appalachian outside Appalachia, in exile among America's cities and universities. It follows the thread of an Appalachian upbringing and the lessons taken from older generations into modern situations far removed from the mountains or the lifestyle of those hills. In the book's foreword, North Carolina poet Michael McFee calls THIS GONE PLACE "a passionate, smart, and beautifully bittersweet first book," noting that Parker's poems about 9/11, "seen from the point of view of 'a Southern girl gone to Manhattan,' are quietly devastating: 'Sycamores' and 'Last and Final Psalm' deserve to be featured in every collection of poetry from that very dark time." Kathryn Stripling Byer, who penned the afterword, says THIS GONE PLACE is "a book that resonates long after you close the covers." Novelist Lee Smith calls THIS GONE PLACE "an extraordinary collection of poems" and remarks that "Lisa writes from the razor edge of double consciousness which is both the gift and curse of the true poet." Honoree Jeffers says THIS GONE PLACE is "brilliant ... stunningly new, yet familiar to the heart as scripture." And Anne Caston declares that Virginian "Lisa Parker is an original voice [whose] amazing mind comes through in every poem." www.MotesBooks.com ~

  • The Photography Exhibit in NYC

    Most of the photography on this site was used in my exhibit as part of New York Public Library's Storylines Project. The exhibit, Southern Exposures, ran from December 1st through the 31st.

    I've had several emails asking if any of the photography is for sale. I am in the process of setting up this site for sale of these pieces in both print and postcard forms. In the interim, if you're interested in any of the photos, please use the Contact tab and send me an email and I'll be happy to respond.

    Thanks for checking out the site!