Lisa Dordal is a poet and teacher based in Nashville, Tennessee. She received a Master of Fine Arts (in poetry) from Vanderbilt University in 2011 and a Master of Divinity, also from Vanderbilt, in 2005. She teaches in the English Department at Vanderbilt.
Lisa is a Pushcart Prize and Best-of-the-Net nominee and the recipient of an Academy of American Poets University Prize and the Robert Watson Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in RHINO Poetry, Narrative, Great River Review, Best New Poets 2015, The Sun, Cave Wall, Bellevue Literary Review, CALYX, Ninth Letter, Rove Poetry, The Greensboro Review, Vinyl Poetry, storySouth, Connotation Press, and The Feminist Wire.
Her first full-length collection of poetry, Mosaic of the Dark, was a finalist for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry and is available from Black Lawrence Press.
Mosaic of the Dark is also available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Target.
“Humming with inspired metaphors and everyday relevance, these poems are gems.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Description of Book: Mosaic of the Dark is a portrayal of one woman’s journey to wholeness and addresses the psychological harm that can arise from restrictive societal expectations for women. As the speaker in these poems examines her own early experiences as a closeted lesbian trying to fit her life into the prescribed script of heterosexuality, she grapples with her mother’s alcoholism and possibly non-heterosexual orientation. In the end, the speaker successfully sheds familial and cultural expectations in favor of a truer self and, in the process, experiences a spiritual re-visioning that allows her to move beyond the confines of a male-centered Christianity to a more expansive, mystical way of experiencing the divine.
Her second collection of poetry, Water Lessons, is forthcoming in April 2022.