Lisa Varchol Perron

Children's Book Writer

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Lisa Varchol Perron


Lisa Varchol Perron writes picture books, middle grade novels, and poetry for children. Her poems have appeared in children's magazines, online poetry journals, and anthologies, and she earned the 2021 Boston Authors Club Discovery Award for picture book writers. She lives outside of Boston with her geologist husband and two book-loving kids.

Lisa is represented by Tricia Lawrence of Erin Murphy Literary Agency.


I spent my early years in Pennsylvania and Ohio, where my favorite activities were reading, playing soccer, and making up stories that I'd beg my sister to perform with me.

I studied theatre in college and worked as an actor in New York City before moving to California for graduate school.

At UC Berkeley's School of Social Welfare, I specialized in Children and Families and then became a licensed psychotherapist. I currently have a private practice in eastern Massachusetts.

Over the years, reading has offered me comfort, sparked my curiosity, and inspired me to learn and grow. I hope I can offer some of the same to the kids (and grown-ups!) who read my books and poems.

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SUMMER MORNING, Countdown, March 2022

TODAY'S THE DAY, The Caterpillar, Spring 2022

NIGHT'S BEGUN​Tyger Tyger Magazine, January 2022​

MEANDERING, The Dirigible Balloon, Winter 2021

WAS IT SOMETHING I SAID? The Dirigible Balloon, Winter 2021

MALAPROPS, The Dirigible Balloon, Winter 2021

TEA WITH THE SEA, Better Than Starbucks Poetry and Fiction Journal, November 2021 (first appeared in The Caterpillar)

ZIPPY AND ALBA, Better Than Starbucks Poetry and Fiction Journal, November 2021 (first appeared in Blast Off)

THE MAGIC, The Dirigible Balloon, Fall 2021

TRUE BLUE, The Dirigible Balloon, Fall 2021

SUNSET SWINGING, The Dirigible Balloon, Fall 2021

ZIPPY AND ALBA, Blast Off, October 2021

TEA WITH THE SEA, The Caterpillar, Spring 2021

LOOK UP HIGH, Highlights Hello, February 2021

ODE TO MY FRONT BIKE TIRE, The New York Times, December 2000


MICROSCOPIC THINKING, Imperfect II, Tabatha Yeats, ed. 2022

JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS, Imperfect II, Tabatha Yeats, ed. 2022

ABSOLUTES, Imperfect II, Tabatha Yeats, ed. 2022

STONES AND FEATHERS, Imperfect II, Tabatha Yeats, ed. 2022

ORANGE, Things We Eat, Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, eds. 2022

IN THE BRAMBLES, 10.10 Poetry Anthology, Bridget Magee, ed. 2021

TOUGH GUY, 10.10 Poetry Anthology, Bridget Magee, ed. 2021

Awards and Prizes:

  • 1st Place, Boston Authors Club Discovery Award 2021

  • 2nd Place, Susanna Leonard Hill's Holiday Contest 2021

  • Grand Prize Winner, Rate Your Story's Cooking Up Culture Contest 2021

  • 2nd Place, Madness! Poetry Tournament 2021

  • 6th Place, #SpringFling Writing Contest 2021

  • 1st Place, Rate Your Story's Awesome Openers Contest 2020 (Novels)

  • 3rd Place, Susanna Leonard Hill's Halloweensie Contest 2020

  • Grand Prize Winner,#SunWriteFun NF Writing Contest 2020

  • Honorable Mention, #PBChat Mentorship 2020 

  • Honorable Mention, #SpringFling Writing Contest 2020

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