Visual artist and poet Lisa Berley began her career as art director at KQED TV in San Francisco after receiving a BFA in painting and photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. At the intersection of art and media she began her pioneering work as an artist for Aurora Systems, developing one of the first computer graphics and animation systems for television. After returning to New York she raised a family, wrote a blog, and exhibited mixed media/collage works in galleries across Long Island culminating in a one-woman show in Geneseo, New York. In 2016 Berley moved to Boulder, Colorado and after the accidental and sudden death of her son, began using methods similar to her collage paintings to create hybrid erasure poetry. Her nonlinear approach to poetry, redacting found words to create new reductive fragments, mirrors her journey of profound grief. Berley’s poetry appears online in Unlost Journal: “Home Again”, “The Thing”, “Sweet Sorrow” and in print Inverted Syntax: “The selves looking”, “The Dream The Dream”, and “How It Changed”.

Carnegie Mellon University
Tyler School of Art 
B.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute