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Lisa Locascio, PhD

Antioch University Los Angeles

Lisa Locascio’s debut novel, Open Me, was published by Grove Atlantic in 2018. A New York Times Editor’s Choice, Open Me was a semifinalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and was reviewed in The New York Times Review of Books, The New Yorker, and on NPR. Lisa is also the editor of an anthology, Golden State 2017: Best New Writing from California, published by Outpost19 Books.

Lisa’s stories, essays, and poems have been published in n+1, The Believer, Bookforum, Electric Literature, Literary Hub, Tin House, and many other places. Her essay “Byzantium,” was selected for inclusion in Best American Experimental Writing 2020, and she was awarded the 2017 Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction International Literary Award for her essay “Protest,” which later appeared in The Southampton Review. Lisa is editor of the ekphrastic collaboration magazine 7x7LA and Executive Director of the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference. She lives in Los Angeles with her partner and their cat, Sybil.

Prior to joining Antioch, Lisa held teaching positions at UCLA (where she was Lecturer of Scandinavian), Wesleyan University, the University of Southern California, Colorado College, and New York University, among other institutions.

Educational History

PhD in Creative Writing and Literature, University of Southern California
MA in English Literature, University of Southern California
MFA in Creative Writing in Fiction, New York University
BA in Individualized Study, New York University

Open Me
Golden State 2017: Best New Writing from California

Open Me named a semifinalist for the Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novelist Award, 2017
“Byzantium” selected for Best American Experimental Writing 2020
Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction International Literary Award for “Protest,” 2017
Caleb G. Winchester Teaching Award, Wesleyan University, 2017
Dr. Fred Robbins Memorial Award for Emerging Writers, Sou’wester, 2014
Dorys Grover Award for Outstanding Paper Presented by a Graduate Student, Western Literature Association, 2014
Residency Fellowship, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, 2014

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Core Faculty,

Creative Writing Program


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