Lisa Marie Sandoval is a nationally published performance poet and two-time City of L.A. Artist-in-Residence (2003-2005) and grant awardee. Performing for crowds of up to a thousand, her unique performance style combines dance, drama, and poetry to vividly bring story to life and connect the cries of human souls. She has been featured on television in Spending a Little Time with Poetry; nationally at the Art & Soul 2005 conference and at Austin's Red Salmon Arts Series, both in Texas. Local L.A. performance venues include The Whitefire Theatre, University of La Verne's "Voices in Action" series, Barnes & Noble, USC Tyler Pavilion, Rock Rose Art Gallery, a commissioned presentation for "The Time at the Rock," host/organizer/featured performer for the 2004 Sylvan Amphitheater Festival of the Arts' "Evening of Spoken Word," sponsored by then councilman Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Center for the Arts (Eagle Rock), the City of L.A.'s Departments of Recreation and Parks and Cultural Affairs, and the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council. Additionally, she spent two years working with Stacie Chaiken to produce and regularly perform in the What's the Story? works-in-progress monthly solo performances at The Powerhouse Theatre in Santa Monica.
Lisa Marie authored The Yowling & Other Sounds from Highland Park, (tcCreativePress) a poetry collection which birthed a one-woman theatrical presentation under the same title. Several pieces of The Yowling have been published in The Southern California Anthology, The Christian Century, Texas Poetry Review, Blue Collar Review, San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, and Brújula/Compass: Latino Poets in Los Angeles, among others. She also has served as co-editor of the Mudpuppy Anthology and has taught for USC.
Currently, she tours her one-woman show, The Yowling & Other Sounds from Highland Park, and teaches for the University of La Verne. She holds a master's degree in Professional Writing from USC and a bachelor's degree from Occidental College. She is fluent in both English and Spanish and is a member of the Arroyo Arts Collective.