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Lisa Alvarado is an poet, novelist, journalist, and educator. She is the founder of La Onda Negra Press, author of Reclamo and The Housekeeper's Diary; a book of poetry and a one-woman performance.
Her first novel, Sister Chicas, Penguin/NAL, was released in April 2006. The novel is a coming of age story concerning the lives of three young Latinas living in Chicago. It won 2nd place, Best First Novel in English. (Latino Literacy Now/2007)
Her book of poetry, Raw Silk Suture, with a forward by Juan Felipe Herrera was released by Floricanto Press in 2008. She has curated multimedia exhibits, mounted her own multimedia piece, Reclamo, in the Pilsen art corridor in Chicago; and is currently a contributor to the nationally touring exhibit, Re-imagining the Distaff Toolkit, curated by Ricki Solinger/SUNY.
Lisa is the recipient of grants from the NEA, and the Ragdale Foundation. In Fall, 2009, she was awarded Hispanic Author of the Year by the State of Illinois. In 2011, she contributed to Me No Habla with Acento, edited by Emanuel Xavier, and released by Rebel Satori Press, and authored Still, Life, a volume of essays and poetry. In 2015, she curated and edited an anthology of online jazz-inspired poetry, Love You Madly. In 2019, Lisa contributed to anthology on abortion, curated by Annie Finch.