Lisa DeVuono is a poet and workshop facilitator living in the Philadelphia area. She was the co-founder of IT AIN’T PRETTY, a women’s writing collective that performed in a variety of places including bookstores, cafes, and radio. For ten years she worked as coach and mentor-trainer in the Artist Conference Network, a nationwide coaching community for artists doing creative work. She has facilitated creativity and poetry workshops at conferences, festivals, retreats, hospitals and business settings. Additional work has been with teenagers in recovery, cancer patients, and ALS patients and their families. She has also written a peer-based poetry curriculum "Poetry as a Tool for Recovery: A Guide in Eight Easy Steps" (a precursor to IPM-funded Poetry as a Tool for Wellness) for facilitating workshops with individuals living with mental health challenges.
She has produced several multi-media shows and CD release events. Her poetry has been published in several literary reviews, and her chapbook is entitled “Poems from the Playground of Risk.” She also performs poems based on the poetry of Rumi with musician and songwriter Michael London.
Lisa has been a friend of John Fox’s poetry and healing work since 2000 and active as a poetry partner since before the founding of the Institute for Poetic Medicine in the fall of 2005. Lisa has brought her gifts to the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia (formerly the Wellness Community) and to five Clubhouses in the Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley.