Somerville, MA – Lisa’s first novel, Cloud Cuckoo Land, was chosen by Pat Conroy as the winner of River City Publishing’s Fred Bonnie Award for Best First Novel and was published in 2002. Cloud Cuckoo Land received fiction honors in the 2003 Massachusetts Book Awards, and was a finalist for both the Foreword Fiction Book of the Year and the Independent Publisher (IPPY) awards. Her second novel, The Fifty-First State, is represented by Svetlana Katz at Janklow & Nesbit. Lisa has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her short stories have appeared in Kalliope, Washington Square, Black Warrior Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, CrossConnect and other journals. Her essay \”Enchanted Night\” was published in Don\’t You Forget About Me: Contemporary Writers on the Films of John Hughes (Simon & Schuster, 2007). Lisa has been awarded grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Somerville Arts Council and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Hedgebrook and the Blue Mountain Center. She holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.A. in Creative Writing from Temple University in Philadelphia. She teaches at Grub Street, Boston\’s independent writing center, and lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.