Lisa Jarnot Reading & Signing (In-Store)

Lisa Jarnot

Please join us as we welcome Lisa Jarnot for a lecture and signing, in partnership with the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry and Flood Editions.

“Do You Agree or Disagree with Aristotle’s Poetics?: On Forms and Emptiness” 

In this talk, Lisa Jarnot explores the generative tensions that can be spawned for poets at the intersections of the formal and the informal, the traditional and the experimental. Working autobiographically, she examines not only her own practices as a poet, but also the rich and sometimes heated dialogues between closed and open forms (and poets) in the contemporary American poetry scene. 

Lisa Jarnot began A Princess Magic Presto Spell after the birth of her daughter, setting the modest goal of writing three words a day. Now a decade-long work-in-progress, these fragments of language are collected into a shorthand chronicle of family life that is intimate and yet open to all the world. Full of nimble transitions and non sequiturs, the poem captures the harrowing joys of parenthood alongside funerals, dentists, divorces, in a give and take between the routine and the extraordinary.

Lisa Jarnot was born in Buffalo, NY and educated at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is the author of several collections of poetry, including Some Other Kind of Mission (1996), Ring of Fire (2001), Black Dog Songs (2003), Night Scenes (2008), Joie De Vivre: Selected Poems 1992-2012 (2013) and A Princess Magic Presto Spell (2019). She co-edited An Anthology of New (American) Poets (1997), and her biography of San Francisco poet Robert Duncan, The Ambassador from Venus, was published by the University of California Press in 2012. She has been a visiting professor at Naropa University, Brooklyn College, and the University of Colorado, Boulder. She lives in Jackson Heights, Queens, is a Masters of Divinity candidate at New York Theological Seminary and is a minister at Safe Haven United Church of Christ.

The Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry supports contemporary poets as they explore in-depth their own thinking on poetry and poetics, and give a series of lectures resulting from these investigations. Lectures are delivered publicly in partnership with institutions and organizations nationwide. Find out more about past, present, and future lecturers, and explore the archive at

This is an in-person event.  Masks are required for all attendees. Copies of Lisa Jarnot's books will be available for purchase and signing at the event, courtesy of Subterranean Books.

Event date: 
Tue, 09/28/2021 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Subterranean Books**IN-STORE EVENT**
6271 Delmar Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63130
A Princess Magic Presto Spell: Parts 1-9 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780998169590
Availability: May be on Backorder or may be Out of Print. May take a number of weeks to arrive if it arrives at all. We will confirm.
Published: Flood Editions - October 15th, 2019

Some Other Kind of Mission Cover Image
ISBN: 9781886224124
Availability: On our shelves now (while supplies last)
Published: Burning Deck - October 1st, 1996