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Lisa Ko

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Lisa Ko is the author of The Leavers, a novel which won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Her writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, The New York Times, Apogee Journal, Narrative, O. Magazine, Copper Nickel, Storychord, One Teen Story, Brooklyn Review, and elsewhere. Lisa has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, 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. Born in Queens and raised in Jersey, she lives in Brooklyn.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   The Leavers (2017)
   Memory Piece (2024)
Series contributed to
Books containing stories by Lisa Ko
Small Odysseys (2022)
Selected Shorts Presents 35 New Stories
edited by
Hannah Tinti
The Best American Short Stories 2016 (2016)
(Best American Short Stories)
edited by
Junot Díaz

Award nominations
2018 PEN/Hemingway Award (nominee) : The Leavers
2017 National Book Award for Fiction (shortlist) : The Leavers
2017 Barnes & Noble Discover Prize for Fiction (third place) : The Leavers

Lisa Ko recommends
The Fetishist (2024)
Katherine Min
"Fiercely intelligent, perfectly crafted, and brimming with wit, The Fetishist is a moving exploration of art, love, grief, and desire. Katherine Min's sentences will provoke you and wind their way around your heart."
The Museum of Failures (2023)
Thrity Umrigar
"The Museum of Failures is a compassionate and insightful exploration of judgment, forgiveness, and understanding. A skilled chronicler of family secrets, Thrity Umrigar reveals the reverberation that decisions can have over generations and the impact of distance, both geographical and psychological, on the relationship of one mother and son."
The Apology (2023)
Jimin Han
"What does it mean to be the keeper of the stories? What does it mean to be left behind? The Apology shows Jimin Han's talents as a skillful storyteller, interweaving questions of sisterhood and separation, generational secrets and ancestral love, through a singular and unforgettable centenarian voice."

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