Lisken Van Pelt Dus
Lisken Van Pelt Dus was raised internationally, in England, the US, and Mexico, and now lives in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She arrived in the Berkshires when she came from London to Williams College to earn a BA in Religion. Subsequently, she earned a Masters from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Comparative Literature. She now teaches writing and languages at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, and classical Okinawan karate and kobudo (weapons) at Elm Street Martial Arts in Pittsfield, of which she is co-owner with her husband Bob.
Her poetry can be found in such journals as Conduit, The South Carolina Review, and upstreet, and has earned awards from Cider Press Review, Atlanta Review, and others. Her chapbook, Everywhere at Once, was published by Pudding House Press in 2009. What We’re Made Of, just out from Cherry Grove, is her first full-length collection.