Lisa Hemminger

Lisa is currently attending San Diego State University's MFA program, where she is exploring new angles of performance and creative writing. Watch for updated work and news on this site in the fall. "There will never be another Chicago for me. No matter what springs up in the future, I can't thank my friends and colleagues enough for giving me opportunities to grow and teach as an artist here, and most importantly, for helping create with me a circle of artistic power that encouraged all types of expression" Lisa said.

Lisa began a tenacious career as a performance poet/performance artist in Chicago in 1995. The host of the inimitable guerrilla open mike/cabaret show "Yammer" for seven years, she has been featured in articles in The Reader, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, Barfly and Nightlines. Her poetry has been heard on WZRD, WLUW and LesBiGay Radio and various websites including the glorious e-poets.org.

Dubbed by journalist Jay Ferrari as "a vitriolic, poetic punch in the nose," she is also the creator of the off-off-off-loop one-woman shows "Willy Nilly Philosophy, Silly," and "The Scariest Family Alive." She is the author of the chapbook collection "Colossus Taught Us" (Water of Life Press), Delivery, "The Complication Compilation," (Loki Graphics), and the working manuscript, "Paperwork."