Lisa Locascio was born in Chicago and raised in River Forest, Illinois. Her work has appeared in American Short Fiction, The Northwest Review, Faultline, Grist: The Journal for Writers, and many other journals. She has held residencies at 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 two degrees from New York University (BA in Individualized Study, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, 2007; MFA in Fiction Writing, College of Arts and Sciences, 2009). She has taught creative writing and literature at New York University, the University of Southern California, and through various tutoring and mentorship organizations in California, New York City, and Chicago. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Southern California and fiction editor of Ricochet Editions, an imprint of Gold Line Press.
Publications and Prizes
California Prose Anthology (Outpost19, 2013)
American Short Fiction, Faultline, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Grist, Joyland, Product Magazine, Red Sky, Stirring: A Literary Collection, The New Guard, Two Serious Ladies, Wigleaf
First Place, 2012 Mendocino Coast Writers Conference Short Fiction Contest; 2012 Del Amo Award for Research in Spain; 2011 John Steinbeck Prize for Fiction; 2009 - 2014 Virginia C. Middleton Fellowship, University of Southern California