Poet & writer


Lissa Kiernan was born the middle daughter of three to Claudette (Viau) and Dennis Kiernan. Raised primarily in Athol, Massachusetts, she spent her eleventh year in Nashville, Tennessee. A classically-trained pianist and flutist, she began her higher education as a music performance major in Ann Arbor, Michigan before discovering her passion for poetry and writing. She worked as an au pair in Paris, France, before returning home to finish her BA in English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City where she settled in Brooklyn and, in 1989, married her husband, Chris Abramides.

She was employed at various times as a typesetter, transcriber, jewelry designer, legal secretary, salesperson, and consumer relations representative while earning her MA in Media Studies from The New School, completed in 1998. Since then, she has worked as a website producer and, after earning her MFA from the Stonecoast Creative Writing program in 2011, as a poetry teacher.

Her first full-length volume of poetry, Two Faint Lines in the Violet (Negative Capability Press, 2014), was a Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award finalist, as well as a finalist for the Julie Suk Award for Best Poetry Book by an Independent Press.

Kiernan founded and directs the Poetry Barn, a literary center based in New York's Catskill Park,
sponsoring workshops, readings, craft talks, and book arts for all ages. Glass Needles & Goose Quills is her second book and first book of prose.



Photography by Chris Abramides, taken at Eye Museum Amsterdam
Exhibit: Anthony McCall: Solid Light Films and Other Works