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Lisa is an MFA candidate in Fiction at the prestigious Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston, where she is an Inprint Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Fellow as well as a Cynthia Woods Mitchell Scholar.


She is at work on her first book.

Short Stories

"What Is Ours"

Winner | 2023 PEN America / Robert J Dau Prize 

PublicationBest Debut Short Stories 2023  (Catapult Books)

Original PublicationNimrod International Journal | Summer/Spring 2022 Issue 

Winner | 2021 Francine Ringold Award for New Writers

"Field Methods"

Finalist | 2022 Passages North Waasnode Fiction Prize

Finalist | 2022 Masters Review Anthology XI

Publication | Moot Point Magazine | December 2022

Juried Conferences & Honors

Bread Loaf Writers' Conference

Fiction | Winner of  2022 Bread Loaf Katharine Bakeless Nason Contributor Award in Fiction

Tin House Summer Workshop

Short Fiction | Lidia Yuknavitch | Residential, Summer 2022

Kenyon Review Writers Workshop

Fiction | Marie-Helene Bertino | Residential, Summer 2022

CRIT Workshop

Fiction | Tony Tulathimutte | Spring 2023


Writers' Center at Dairy Hollow

Fiction | Eureka Springs, AK | May 2023


University of Houston

Steve Rowell (Guggenheim Fellow)

"Toxic Houston: A Field Guide to Environmental Justice"

Visiting Artist – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts

Fall 2022


University of Houston

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Scholar | 2022–23

Inprint Jesse H. Jones and Mary Gibbs Fellow | 2020–2023

CJ Fellow | 2020–2023


Inprint Writers' Workshops

Fiction Workshop | Houston, TX | Spring 2023 (Upcoming)

Boldface Writer's Conference 2022

Embodied Fiction Workshop | Glass Mountain Magazine | Houston, TX | Spring 2022

Rice University,
Visual & Dramatic Arts Department

Intro to Acting | Houston, TX | August 2012 – May 2017

University of Houston,
School of Theatre & Dance

Intro to Theatre | Houston, TX | August 2011 – May 2013

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