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Lisa Locascio

Lisa Locascio's fiction and criticism appear in n+1, Salon, Santa Monica Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, American Short Fiction, Tin House, Flash Fridays, and the 2013 anthology California Prose Directory, among many other publications.

She has taught creative writing seminars at New York University, the University of Southern California, Colorado College, and Mount St. Mary's College, as well as through writing organizations across the country. Her work has been honored with residencies from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and Prairie Center of the Arts, as well as awards including the 2011 John Steinbeck Prize for Fiction, the 2014 Robbins Award from the journal Sou'wester, and the Western Literature Association's Dorys Grover Award. Lisa's research on the late Chilean author Roberto Bolaño has earned mention in The New Yorker, Bookforum, and The Los Angeles Times; her interview with Bolaño's widow Carolina López, the first López has granted to an Anglophone writer, appeared in the June 2014 issue of The Believer.

A uniquely dynamic and engaging teacher, Lisa believes that every person possesses expert-level knowledge of the world that deserves expression through fiction. She incorporates this world knowledge into an intimate and friendly workshop environment focused on the processes of invention, drafting, and revision. Through close reading and thoughtful attention to language, plot, and emotional impact, Lisa's goal is to take her students out of their literary comfort zones and into a better understanding of themselves as writers, equipping them with the tools to take their fiction to its fullest and most successful form.