Muse Contest Judge: Lisa Starr

Lisa Starr

Lisa Starr

The judge for the WFOP sponsored 2020 Muse Poetry contest will be Lisa Starr. 

An inn-keeper, a mother, a basketball coach, and a teacher, Lisa Starr, Rhode Island's former Poet Laureate, divides her time among a variety of interests, her children, and her passion for poetry. In her capacity as Poet Laureate, Starr generated writing circles among students and elderly communities around the state. She has also established poetry circles in hospitals, homeless shelters, prisons, and agencies for children and adults with severe mental and physical disabilities. 

Starr's third collection of poems, Mad With Yellow, was published in September, 2008. She is the author of two other books: This Place Here (2001) and Days of Dogs and Driftwood (1993).  Lisa Starr is the founder of the Block Island Poetry Project, two-time recipient of the Rhode Island Fellowship in Poetry, and was Rhode Island’s Poet Laureate from 2007-2012.  She was a guest speaker and reader at the November 2017 WFOP conference in Stevens Point.