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Biography of Lisa C. Krueger

Lisa C. Krueger was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Southern California. She attended college at Princeton University and University of Virginia. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California and received her MFA in literature from Bennington Writing Seminars.

Her first book of poetry, Rebloom, was published by Red Hen Press in 2005 and was described as poetry that “mediates the threshold between events and their perception” (Jeanette Clough). Her second book of poetry, Animals the Size of Dreams, was published by Red Hen Press in 2009. Poet Jenny Factor wrote about this book, “As a poet and psychologist, Krueger is a champion of creative fertility, the dark places, and the floral blossoming of human connection that makes the unfathomable bearable.”

Of her third book, Talisman, Tracy K. Smith said, “Yes, this is the deft and moving work of a poet who has discovered how to coax and unravel the mystery of the everyday.” Krueger’s fourth book, released by Red Hen in Spring 2017, is a unique collection of poems that addresses personal identity within the contemporary culture. Li-Young Lee commented, “This book will make you want to change your life.” .

Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals, including Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner Review, Atlanta Review, The Paterson Literary Review, Arroyo Literary Review, and Rattle, among others. Her poems and other creative work have been acknowledged by a Pasadena Gold Crown Award, nomination for a Pushcart Prize, an international publication prize in the Atlanta Review, and finalist recognition for the Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize.

As a psychologist Krueger maintains a private practice in Pasadena with a focus on general clinical issues, women’s issues, health psychology, and the role of creativity in wellness. She has conducted workshops and group therapies on stress management and writing therapy and has published or has articles forthcoming in various journals, including the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, and Poets’ Quarterly. She has written a series of interactive journals related to psychology and creativity, including Creative Acts and the Open Road: An Interactive Journal for Teenage Girls (Manganese Press).

She lives in Pasadena and participates on the Board of Advisors to The Gould Center at Claremont McKenna College, the California Board of the Poetry Society of America, The Writers’ Council for Red Hen Press, and the Yes, Virginia Fund of the Pasadena Community Foundation.