Lisa Ko is the author of The Leavers, a novel which won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and will be published by Algonquin Books in 2017. Her short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, Apogee Journal, Narrative, Copper Nickel, Storychord, One Teen Story, the Asian Pacific American Journal, Brooklyn Review, and elsewhere. Her non-fiction has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Hyphen, and Guernica.

Lisa was a 2015-16 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace artist in residence and received a 2002 New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship in fiction. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Writers OMI at Ledig House, the Jerome Foundation, Blue Mountain Center, the Van Lier Foundation, Hawthornden Castle, the I-Park Foundation, the Anderson Center, the Constance Saltonstall Foundation, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center.

A founding co-editor of Hyphen and a fiction editor at Drunken Boat, she has a BA from Wesleyan University, a MSLIS from San Jose State University, and a MFA from the City College of New York. She has worked in non-profit media; education; independent film; web, book and magazine publishing; and museum archives. The only child of Chinese immigrants from the Philippines, she was born in Queens, raised in Jersey, and lives in Brooklyn. She is a triple Scorpio. Visit her at

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