about me

A young widow and cancer survivor, Stacey Z Lawrence is a veteran public high school teacher of Poetry, Creative Writing & Drama. Her work can be seen in The Comstock Review, Eunoia Review, Flora Fiction, Broad River Review, Vita Brevis, Dream Noir & others. She was both long & short-listed for the 2019 & 2021 Fish Prize in Poetry judged by Billy Collins. Stacey has a BA in Drama from William Paterson University, an MA in English & MAT in Speech & Theater from Montclair State University & was awarded a fellowship to the Robert Frost House in 2016. She was a coach & mentor for the national PoetryOutLoud competition & the NJ Governor’s Awards. Stacey co-founded the drama company, Stage Right Productions & was the former director of the social action performance troupe, Impact Theater. In 2012 she worked with playwright Naomi Patz to direct the debut production of Karel Svenk’s devastating Holocaust parody, The Last Cyclist. She is the creator of student programs The Write Stuff & Poems in the Woods & the former lead singer of the bands, Test Patterns & Three In Motion. An avid hiker, Stacey has a writing cottage in the Catskills. She is the mother of 2 incredible daughters & 4 cool cats. Fall Risk is her first book.

“Take Stacey’s poems to a couch, curl under your great-grandmother’s quilt, and understand love and loss are one.”
—Nikki Giovanni