Lisa Kundrat’s sense of adventure and love of teaching have led her many places. She has canoed 500 miles through Ontario to Hudson Bay, directed a fruit tree-planting project on the coast of Ecuador, and won a golden cowbell at a cross-country ski race in Wisconsin. She has guided wilderness trips in Montana, taught writing at the University of Wisconsin, and worked with youth to create community festivals in Minnesota.

Her poems and writing have won a fellowship and grant, been published in periodicals, and been made into songs and performed in an opera. She was a grand-prize winner of the 2015 Common Good Books poetry contest judged by Garrison Keillor and Patricia Hampl.

Kundrat grew up in Saint Cloud, Minnesota and has a BA from the University of Montana-Missoula and a MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Andy.


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