Bio: Lisa Pegram

Lisa Pegram is a poet, songwriter and educator. She has extensive experience designing innovative arts education programming for such organizations as: Smithsonian, Studio Theater, National Geographic and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She served as Program Director of DC WritersCorps for over a decade and was a lead local organizer of the 2008 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival featured in the HBO documentary series “Russell Simmons presents: Brave New Voices”. Her poetry and essays have been published in national and international magazines as well as two anthologies published by Random House and Black Classic Press. Her band, Lady Pcoq & The Plumes, has been featured in such places as the Kennedy Center, the Source Theater and Fete de la Musique at La Maison Francais.

Awards and honors include: Larry Neal Writer’s Award Finalist; Uplifting Human Values Award, Art of Living Foundation; International Women’s Conference Co-Chair for United Nations affiliate IAHV; DC Mayor’s Arts Award for “Outstanding Emerging Artist.”

She completed her MFA in 2012 and is the author of poetry chapbook, Cracked Calabash (Central Square Press, 2015) and contributing author of The Next Verse Mixtape Vol. 1. Her next collection of poetry is slated to be released by Central Square Press in Fall 2020. In 2018 she completed the Executive in Arts & Culture Strategy certification at the University of Pennsylvania. A Washington, DC native, she is currently based on the Caribbean island of Curacao, where she is a freelance writer, personal chef and professor of English and public speaking.