Bad Witch Poet
A writer's palette are the pens, paper, and platform through which are painted our human foibles.
...As night drops her cloak across the park, we walk the zigzagging trails through the property to the water’s edge, giggling at everything and nothing while the sounds of at least a hundred campers slither around us. At the water's edge, briny sulfur makes us wrinkle our noses, but we tiptoe out onto the wooden pier as it angles into the marsh. We sit cross-legged in a huddle, surprised the breeze's touch is so chilly here in mid-June. We fasten our eyes on the spiraling fairy-like light that angles from the Assateague lighthouse. We take turns making up outrageous stories until we are squirming from the sting of biting insects and jump up to race back to our cabin for more bug spray.
What drives my writing...
I speak out sharply in my poetry by running my words over one another until they become weapons. As a professional educator, writing contemporary curriculum is the same as breathing. As a teacher of teenagers, writing mythologically inspired prose has become my passion. As an outspoken poet, writing words that will stab injustice and open minds is as necessary as breathing.
Lisa M. Kendrick lives in the heart of Norfolk, Virginia with her twin daughters. She has been teaching and writing high school English curriculum for twenty-five years; publishes a high school literary magazine; records a literature discussion series called LIT in TEN; writes poetry and fantasy; and records literature readings. She has most recently been published in River River, Otherworldly Women Press, Appalachian Heritage, Bacopa Literary Review, Wingless Dreamer, Green Writers Press, and Poets Choice.
The Requisite Resume
Skills (minimum of ten years experience per skill)
English and Creative Writing Educator, Copy Editing, Ghost Writing, Basic Graphic Design, Writing Workshop Coordinator, Published Poet, Forensic, Debate, and Drama Judge
Education (yearly certification requirements up-to-date)
(1990-1993) BA in Communications and Theater from Mississippi State University
(1999-2001) Educational curriculum licensure work from Old Dominion University
(2010-2012) Teaching English as a Second Language licensure from Regent University
Relevant Qualifications and Training
(2016-present) Published Poet in River River, Writer’s Block, Moonstone Arts, Soundings, Perspectives I and II, Sister Stories, and Red Weather: two chapbooks published in 2018: Witch and Grafted.
(2016-present) over twenty Poetry Dramatic Performances for WHRO, The Venue, The Muse, and various local festivals
(2013) WHRO Online Education- a collaborator for English 11 curriculum
(2010-2018) Forensics Coach for state-winning Great Bridge High School team
(2010-present) Publisher of Great Bridge High School’s Bridgetown Scroll
(2008-present) Teacher at Great Bridge High School for grades 10-12: English, speech, communications, creative writing, and journalism
(2008-present) Virginia Teaching Licensure for Secondary Education in English, Speech, Communications, History, and English as a Second Language
(2006 and 2000) Theater Department Head, Ryan Academy in Norfolk, VA