Born in Dover, Delaware, Lisa Bickmore grew up living all over the United States and in Japan. She is the author of three books of poems: Haste (Signature Books, 1994), flicker, which won the 2014 Antivenom Prize from Elixir Press, and Ephemerist (Red Mountain Press, June 2017).
Her poetry, scholarship, and video work have been published in Glass: A Journal of Poetry; Tar River Poetry; Sugar House Review; SouthWord; Caketrain; Hunger Mountain Review; Terrain.org; Bite Size Poems project (Utah Arts Council); Quarterly West; The Moth; MappingSLC.org; Fire in the Pasture: 21st Century Mormon Poets; and elsewhere. In 2015, her poem 'Eidolon' was awarded the Ballymaloe International Poetry Award.
She earned a B.A. and an M.A. from Brigham Young University. She is Professor Emeritus of English at Salt Lake Community College, where she was the recipient of the SLCC Foundation Teaching Excellence Award in 2006. At SLCC, she taught writing of all sorts, as well as publication studies, and is one of the founders of the SLCC Publication Center.
As of 2019, she is the founder of the new nonprofit Lightscatter Press, which published its first book in April of 2021. Read about its mission of multimodal literary publishing, calls for submission, and the shop. You can support Lightscatter Press here.
In the summer of 2022, she was named Utah's Poet Laureate by Governor Spencer J. Cox. Read about the poet laureate position here.
image credit: Dave Hyams
Ben Gunsberg interviews Lisa in Sugar House Review, Winter 2021
From A Plague Record, Quarterly West, Issue 104, winter 2021
Remedy, Quarterly West, Issue 104, Winter 2021
Dear David, Sugar Suites/Sugar House Review, Winter 2021
Cooper's hawk, Sugar Suites/Sugar House Review, Winter 2021
Poets in Pajamas, 15 Bytes, April 2021
O take and seal it, Psaltery & Lyre, April 2021
12 or 20 (second series) questions with Lisa Bickmore (on rob mcclennan's blog)
Service Hymn, in Psaltery & Lyre, November 2020
Mother of Swords, in Slug Magazine, December 5, 2019
Melonie Cannon interviews Lisa in Segullah, fall 2019
Lisa reads at Collected Works/Journey Santa Fe, with Denise Low & Jeanetta Calhoun Mish,
August 12, 2018.
Lisa talks poetry on KRCL, Radioactive, April 24, 2018 (extended interview here)
Lisa talks poetry on KRCL, Radioactive, April 19, 2017
Lisa talks poetry and Utah Writers Resist, Radioactive, January 9, 2017
Lisa reads at Helicon West (with Liz Kay), October 13, 2016
Lisa reads at Brigham Young University, September 16, 2016
'Concord,' featured in Verse Daily, February 4, 2016.
Talk, 'Creativity in Four Metaphors,' at Salt Lake Community College. December 1, 2015