Zefyr Lisowski

Instructor & Writer
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Zefyr Lisowski is a disabled trans Southerner living in New York City. She’s a poetry co-editor at Apogee Journal and the author of the Lizzie Borden queer murder chapbook Blood Box (Black Lawrence Press 2019). Her work has appeared in Waxwing, The Offing, The Rumpus, and many other places. She lives at zeflisowski.com and elsewhere.


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Cover Photo: This is a black and white illustration of a moon rising over on an ocean horizon. In the sky are a set of eyes with long eyelashes. The moon is below eyes where a nose would be. There is test on the illustration that reads, "My Mother, My Ex, and Facial Feminization Surgery: A Comic by Zefyr Lisowski.
My Mother, My Ex, and Facial Feminization Surgery: A Comic

I believe so strongly in the beauty and autonomy of body transformation, but I’m worried that will erase the small visible echoes of my (and my mother’s) history of survival.

May 23, 2022
Cover Photo: In this photograph, we see a close up of the miniature that Zefyr describes in the piece. The viewers look into a tiny room with printed wall paper, a fireplace, a table, a dresser, and a couch on which a doll lays crookedly, with his head bashed in.
Grieving My Father—And My Book—By Building a Dollhouse

My book haunted me, as did Lizzie Borden. I thought by making something with my hands, I could transform that fear into care.

Feb 15, 2022