Lissa Kiernan’s first book, Two Faint Lines in the Violet, was published in July 2014 by Negative Capability Press. In the 112-page volume of poetry, Kiernan explores poetry’s unique ability to document yet revision the nuclear age, how when singing somewhere between the personal and political—if we listen closely—we might hear the social. Her second book, a braided essay titled Glass Needles & Goose Quills: Elementary Lessons in Atomic Properties, Nuclear Families, and Radical Poetics, is forthcoming from Haley’s.

Kiernan holds her MFA from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine and an MA in Media Studies from The New School for Social Research. She is the founding director of The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative.

Born in Athol, Massachusetts, Lissa has lived in Nashville, Tennessee, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Paris, France. She currently makes her home in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband Chris, and a fluctuating number of felines. Visit for more.