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Lisa Wartenberg Vélez is a Colombian-born writer of fiction who also grew up in Florida. She is an MFA candidate in the prestigious Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston, where she is an Inprint Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Fellow and a Cynthia Woods Mitchell Scholar. Her work can be found in Nimrod International Journal. It has received support from Tin House Summer Workshop, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. 


She is the recipient of the 2021 Francine Ringold Award for New Writers and the 2022 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Katharine Bakeless Nason Contributor Award in Fiction, and finalist for both the 2022 Passages North Waasnode Fiction Prize and the Master's Review Anthology XIHer debut short story is a current nominee for the 2023 PEN / Robert J Dau Prize.

In addition, Lisa is a copywriting fellow at 9thWonder and has served as Assistant Fiction Editor at Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts


She has degrees in theatre, from New York University (BA) and the University of Houston (MFA), which she taught at Rice University, University of Houston, and others. She is also a licensed registered dietitian, with clinical and research experience.

She now lives in Houston with her family.