Lisa Locascio's novel, Open Me, was a New York Times Editor's Choice, one of O Magazine's "Ten Titles To Pick Up Now," and was named one of the most anticipated novels of August 2018 by magazines including Elle, The Village Voice, Bustle, and Refinery29. In its review, The New Yorker wrote of Open Me: "Locascio captures, frankly but lyrically, the heroine’s intense hunger to master her own body and the new world around her," while Julie Buntin wrote in the New York Times Book Review: "Open Me explodes cliches of female sexuality." Lisa's work has appeared in The Believer, Tin House, n+1, Electric Literature, Literary Hub, Bookforum, and many other magazines. Her essay "Byzantium" was selected for inclusion in Best American Experimental Writing 2019, guest-edited by Joelle McSweeney and Carmen Maria Machado. She is the recipient of many awards and honors for her writing, including the 2017 Penelope Niven International Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction, and holds a PhD in Creative Writing and English Literature from the University of Southern California and an MFA in Fiction from New York University. She is the editor of the anthology Golden State 2017: Best New Writing from California, co-publisher of Joyland and editor of its West section, as well as of the ekphrastic collaboration magazine 7x7LA. She is Executive Director of the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference. Her debut novel Open Me was published in August 2018 by Grove Atlantic.