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


She is at work on a novel and a collection of short stories.

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

"39 to Beam Up"

Publication | Ghost Parachute | December 2023


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

Grub Street

Parents Writing Group | Sophie Powell-Westra| Fall 2023

CRIT Workshop

Fiction | Tony Tulathimutte | Spring 2023

ONE Story Writing Circle

Fiction | January to December 2024


Ucross Foundation

Fiction Fellow | Clearmont, WY | June 2023

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

Fiction Fellow | Amherst, VA | Fall 2023

[Accepted but unable to attend]

Writers' Colony 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

Advanced Fiction Workshop | Houston, TX | Summer 2023 

Fiction Workshop | Houston, TX | Spring 2023 

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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