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Emmy Award Nomination

For Executive Producing "The Mists of Avalon"


Two Pushcart Nominations


2009 UCLA
James Kirkwood award

First Place, Short Story

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Fiction First Place

Fugue Literary Journal



nice things people say

A fine seamlessness stitches her pages together smoothly, with not only artfully lyrical writing but the type of metaphors that wedge their way into the underlying meaning of what she is saying... All I can add is a familiar observation made decades ago by Isaac Babel: “No iron can pierce the heart with such force as a period put in just the right place.
— Duff Brenna (The Altar of the Body)
Lisa writes alive, often electric sentences. Her stories have tremendous energy, pulling you in and making you want to keep turning the pages. Her characters are compelling, complicated people—mothers and marijuana dealers, runaway children and pet therapists, au pairs and children and mountain lion trackers—who inhabit a Los Angeles that becomes another character in the collection.
— Rachel Pastan, (Alena)
Alexander has range and style for days, and writes in prose that is pungent, lyrical, lush - and also exacting. And how does she manage it? How does she stand ordinary life on its head? -pull out the rug? -expose us for who we are with such exquisite control? The thing about her characters? They’re utterly original and true. And the thing about her stories? Her dark, scary, funny, beautiful stories? You can’t put them down...
— Dinah Lenney (The Object Parade)