Photograph by Michael Chylinski
Lisa Locascio was born in Chicago and raised in River Forest, Illinois. Her work appears in The Believer, Salon, n+1, Tin House Flash Fridays, Bookforum, Sou'wester, Santa Monica Review, American Short Fiction, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Faultline, and many other journals. She has held residencies at Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Prairie Center of the Arts and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and received honors and support for her writing from Young Chicago Authors, the National Association for the Advancement of the Arts, New York University, Western Michigan University, the University of Southern California, the Del Amo Foundation, and several other institutions.
Lisa holds a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature and MA in English Literature from the University of Southern California, as well as a MFA and BA from New York University. She has held teaching appointments at New York University, the University of Southern California, the University of California, Los Angeles, Wesleyan University, Colorado College, Mount Saint Mary's University, the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, and through various tutoring and mentorship organizations across the United States. In addition to her work as a writer and educator, Lisa is the first Anglophone writer to be granted an interview with Roberto Bolaño's widow Carolina López. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, translated into Italian, anthologized, and received honors including the 2011 John Steinbeck Award for Fiction, the 2014 Robbins Memorial Emerging Writer Award from Sou'wester, and a 2014 Dorys Grover Award from the Western Literature Association.
Lisa is editor of the anthology Golden State 2017: The Best New Writing from California (Outpost19, 2017), co-publisher of Joyland, associate editor at the Scottish magazine Product, and editor at the ekphrastic collaboration magazine 7x7. She is Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Wesleyan University. Her novel Open Me will be published by Grove Atlantic in 2018.
More information about Lisa and her work is available in the following interviews:
Mendocino Coast Writers Conference
Hayden's Ferry Review
The Other Stories Podcast
American Short Fiction
Grist: The Journal for Writers
Lisa sometimes tweets at @senzaflash.