Lisa Zou

Lisa Zou2018 Poetry, Third Place

“Bodhisattva” by Lisa Zou

Chandler, Arizona, USA

University of Pennsylvania


Lisa Zou heard about the Writing for Peace Contest four years ago and has placed every year since. Lisa enjoys writing poetry in her free time and helping other students with their poetry. Lisa is passionate about increasing the accessibility of education to girls worldwide and mentorship development.  An Arizona native, Lisa is currently studying Economics (Management) at the University of Pennsylvania and hopes to influence others in a positive way in her professional and academic career.

From 2018 Young Writers Contest Poetry Judge Patricia Jabbeh Wesley:

“Bodhisattva: After Yeye (my grandfather)” reminds us of one of the pains immigrants or refugees know too well when they leave or flee home, becoming “the other” in every sense, where they must explain not just their accents, their color, and their religion, being forced sometime by need to fit in or become a convert. Here is a poet that explores the issues we often shun because they make us uncomfortable. In losing home and family and the familiarity of what we are, do immigrants or refugees also lose their ways of knowing God and Heaven even after death? The voice is powerful and mind teasing, even mocking what we think we know about life and death or Heaven and Hell. This is an unusual voice that is so necessary in this new world of the class of religions and religious persecution.

Lisa’s winning poem will be featured in our 2018 edition of DoveTales, An International Journal of the Arts.

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