Daughter of two visual artists, Lisa Allen Ortiz was born in Westport, California and raised in Northern California in the 1970’s. She managed to survive all that, and she is now raising two daughters in Central California where she likes growing vegetables and running in the woods. She recently received her MFA from Pacific University. She happens to be first-cousin-five-times-removed to Emily Dickinson. You are too, probably.

Now that you know her secrets, read a poem. Buy a book or two.  Attend a reading.

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