Lisa Ko (b. 1975) is a Brooklyn-based writer who was born in Queens, NY. Lisa Ko is the author of The Leavers (Algonquin, 2017), a novel which won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and which Barbara Kingsolver called “courageous, sensitive, and perfectly of this moment.” Other publications include Pat and Sam, Copper Nickel (2015); The Night Suzy Link Goes Missing, Apogee Journal (2015); and July 31, Storychord (2015). She was a fellow at the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers, Midlothian, Scotland (2015); The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH (2014); and the New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship in Fiction, Brooklyn, NY (2002). Her residencies include the Blue Mountain Center, Blue Mountain Lake, NY (2013) and Writers OMI at Ledig House, Ghent, NY (2013). She received B.A. from Wesleyan University, an M.F.A. from City College of New York, and an M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University.
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