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"I wish I had written all ten of these brilliant, tender, and beautiful stories.  This book deserves prizes."

– Tim O'Brien, author of The Things They Carried

“Everybody in this gorgeous, illuminating collection is cheating, posing, yearning, lost – in other words, human. Lisa Cupolo tells these stories with the merciful, merciless third eye of a truly gifted writer.”

– Danzy Senna, author of Caucasia and New People

“Lisa Cupolo has a masterful gift for locating the most vulnerable, make it or break it, moment in a relationship, and then exploring the outcome with great insight and wisdom.”

Jill McCorkle, author of Hieroglyphics

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Lisa has been a paparazzi photographer in London, an aid worker in Kenya, a script doctor in LA, and a literary publicist at HarperCollins in Toronto.


Have Mercy On Us, her debut book, won the W.S. Porter Prize for short story collections. Her work has been published in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Narrative, The Idaho Review, and others. She holds a BA in Philosophy from The University of Western Ontario, a graduate degree in Portrait Photography from The London Institute, and an MFA from the University of Memphis. She has lived all over the world, but currently resides in Southern California, where she has taught fiction writing at Chapman University.

Author Lisa Cupolo
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