Join Me for Some Readings and Celebrate!

On Saturday, May 28, 1:30 EST,

Fahmidan Publishing & Co. will celebrate its second year of publishing with some short readings from some of their contributors on Zoom!

I’ll be there, reading and listening, and I hope you’ll join us.

*** Message me or Fahmidan Journal directly for the Zoom link

My digital chapbook, “Don’t Fall in Love With Sisyphus” is still for sale on their website for $6.00, and I’m donating my royalties to The Blood and Cancer Center of Dell Children’s Hospital, where my son had most of his cancer treatments.

Here’s a direct link to the book:

And to their website:

I hope you all have a great week, and hope to see you on Saturday!

Lisa………..the Lit Geek.

David Sedaris, Neil Gaiman, and Poetry Reading/ Anniversary Celebration


A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of experiencing the hilarious David Sedaris at his show here. I laughed until I cried, like I have done when reading his books, and realized we are all getting older.😄

I already have a couple of books signed by him, but I was not present when he signed them, so I was determined to wait after the show to talk with him in person and have him sign another book of his.

I guess we waited, at most, an hour. He was very nice, and actually drew and colored the vintage 1950’s Coro choker that I happened to be wearing. (At least, I think that’s what he drew…). Without further ado, here it is- (No photos of him allowed)

And here I am with my husband that evening before the show. You can see the choker (I think) he drew.


OK! As if that was not exciting enough, we then had front row seats a few weeks later to see, hear, and yes, experience, Neil Gaiman! He was his usual charming self, and told stories from his life based on questions from the audience, and read some of his poetry and stories to us.

He had pre-signed books, so we snagged a few. I think I’m up to 6 or 7 different NG signed books now, and I also received a First Edition hardback copy of “American Gods” for Christmas from my husband! Such a treasure. (That goes for both the book AND my husband.🥰)

Notice he is wearing a jacket with tails. Classic.


Please join me on Saturday, May 28th, to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Fahmidan Journal.

This is the fantastic publisher that has published some of my poetry, and published my first poetry chapbook, “Don’t Fall in Love With Sisyphus.”

Shameless plug- My digital book is still available for $6 at their website. Here is a direct link to order:

The event will be via Zoom, and feel free to contact them or me for the Zoom link. I, along with several other contributors, will be reading for 3-5 minutes each. Here’s more info:

They are a wonderful group of people to work with, and have been so tremendous in their support of me and so many other emerging and established poets. I’m thrilled for their success, and that they have invited me to participate in this celebration.🎊🥰

As always, there is more, but I will try to update next weekend.

Thank you for checking in, and follow me on Instagram and/ or Twitter too, if you’d like. See the menu above for those links.

Have a great week!🌷

Lisa, a self-proclaimed Lit Geek

Quick Update

Just a quick update on my writing life since the last post. This is a super-busy time of year for me, so I’m hoping once June arrives, I’ll be able to do more with this blog, and even have a section with links to all the work I’ve done that has been published.

In late March, the April issue of “Beyond Words Magazine” was released as a double issue. You can read my poem “Sacred Trance Dance” in the issue, along with other great poems, stories, and art.

They are based in Berlin, but have featured writers and artists from around the world, and just last week, they announced that McNally Jackson, an indie bookstore in New York City, is selling their monthly issues. It’s surreal to think that a poem I wrote is on a shelf of a bookstore in NYC! I’ve posted that pic below, along with pics of my poem in the issue. (I just happen to be going to 2 music concerts over the course of the next 10 days, and this poem really depicts how I feel when I’m there.)

The art on the facing first page of my poem. Gorgeous.
The beautiful art on the facing second page of my poem. Both works really capture the spirit of what I wanted to convey..
The cover art is stunning

If you would like to order a copy of this April issue, go to their bookstore at or buy a subscription. All of their issues are amazing.


A Creative Nonfiction piece I wrote, entitled “When I Saw the Mona Lisa” was published in the Spring issue (#20) of “Sky Island Journal.”

They had accepted this piece a few months ago, so I have been eagerly awaiting the publication.

And I recently learned that out of over 1500 submissions sent to them, they only chose 54 to be included in this issue. I was absolutely gobsmacked! 😱

Below, I’m posting the acceptance letter I received from them, as well as a postcard from Publishers of “Sky Island Journal,” Jeff and Jason, and then the piece I wrote.

You can read this issue, and all of the previous 19 issues at their website:


My poem “On the Topography of Maps” is published in the print edition of “The Champagne Room Journal. You can order a copy now at

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and mother figures out there! Have a wonderful day, everyone, and I’ll update more soon about another Zoom Reading I’ll be doing in a couple of weeks, and going to see and experience both David Sedaris and Neil Gaiman (Separately)

Keep those creative juices flowing!

Lisa the Lit Geek

💡😱 “The Closet Light” ~Something Different~

So wow! I’ve been busy the past month. I won’t bombard you with all of it in this one post, but will trickle out my news, hopefully, in upcoming weekends.

For today, I’m posting a Flash Fiction piece just under 1000 words, entitled “The Closet Light” that was published by Flash Fiction Magazine this past Wednesday on their website, Twitter, and Facebook pages.

From their Facebook page

I hope you like it, and I would LOVE to know what you think about it, (especially what you make of the end of the story) in the comment section on the webpage, or even here, if you prefer.

WARNING: This is a pretty dark story, and very much influenced by my love of Shirley Jackson (there are some Easter Eggs in it for Shirley fans too!) I’m trying new styles of writing to challenge myself, and this is an example of that.

You can get a FREE copy of one of their past issues at their website.

AND – I can’t believe the launch for “Don’t Fall in Love With Sisyphus” took place over a month ago. Thank you again to all who attended and/or have purchased it.

I’ll be reaching out to my contact at The Blood and Cancer Center of Dell Children’s Hospital soon to donate my royalties.

THANK YOU AGAIN to all the staff at Fahmidan! What a fantastic group of people to work with

The digital book is still for sale for only $6.00 on the Fahmidan Publishing website bookstore at this link:

And this is from their Instagram page:

Thanks for reading- and more to come soon! Happy Spring🌷 🐝

Final line of “Wintering,” by Sylvia Plath. I typed on pink paper, like she used to do, on my 1952 Royal HH typewriter, like the one she used while at Smith College.

Lisa (still a Lit Geek) –

Now off to read! 📚😄

Zoom Launch was Great!!!!

The quote above from one of my poems in my book “Don’t Fall in Love with Sisyphus,” was very much how I felt during the book launch two weeks ago.

A huge THANK YOU to Fahmidan Publishing & Co., for publishing this digital book and for hosting the launch, and to Co Editor-in-Chief, Anthony R. Salandy for being such a great moderator. (I couldn’t see everyone who was there, let alone read all the comments and questions in the chat with everything going on.)

And to those of you who were able to attend, I’m so grateful to you for taking the time to join this launch, and for your wonderful questions, comments, and support! It meant more to me than you know!

I’m also extremely grateful to all who have purchased this book. I will be DONATING ALL ROYALTIES OF THE SALE OF THIS BOOK TO THE BLOOD AND CANCER CENTER OF DELL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, where my son received most of his treatments for leukemia.

So please SPREAD THE WORD! ❤️❤️❤️

Here’s the link:

Thank you in advance!!!

I’ve also had more published poems and flash fiction pieces published in the past couple of weeks, and I’ll update everyone on those in an upcoming post. 😄✍️📚

Again and again- Thank you for all of your support with all my heart.

I’ll be posting more soon.

Hope you are all doing well-

Lisa (Still a Lit Geek)

Zoom Launch Tomorrow, Sunday, February 20, for my Chapbook!! Please join us 1:00pm EST /Noon CST 😃

Just a quick reminder and invitation to join me and Fahmidan Publishing & Co. and friends for the Official Launch of my chapbook,

Don’t Fall in Love with Sisyphus

I’m so excited to have the opportunity to share this work with you via Zoom, and celebrate its digital publication. These pieces were written from my heart and soul, and my wish is that they will inspire a sense of hope and connectedness for all who read it.

Please message me in the contact section of this blog if you would like the Zoom link.

Here is some of the incredible support I have received over the past few weeks:

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Updated: I’m Featured in Poet/Writer Elizabeth Castillo’s Author Interview Series——-

Sorry for the re-post. I took the original one down with technical glitches- so HERE IS THE Q & A WITH ELIZABETH CASTILLO!

Thank you so much to Elizabeth M. Castillo, a 2-time Pushcart Prize nominated writer, for posting this Q and A with me about my new chapbook, “Don’t Fall in Love With Sisyphus,” published by Fahmidan Publishing & Co

From her website:

“Elizabeth M Castillo is a two-time Pushcart Prize-nominated British-Mauritian poet, writer and language teacher, as well as a pilot’s wife, and homeschooling mother. She writes about both the mundane and the magical that make up everyday life.”

Here is the link to the interview:

Be sure to sign up for her newsletter to find info on her writings, books, news, etc, and to read more Author Interviews in this series in the future.

You can find her on Twitter @EMCWritesPoetry

And Instagram @emcwritespoetry

See my previous post here with info on the Vitual Launch Event for this chapbook on February 20th.

Thank you!