The Curious Universe Of

Lisa Mecham

I am a voracious reader.

When I was little, my guilty pleasure was sneaking a flashlight into bed so that I could read way past "lights out."



Reading is like breathing to me, I'd have no life without it.

I am equally moved by fiction and non-fiction, longform, short stories and poetry.

Here is an ongoing list of what I've really liked recently.

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I have stories to tell...

Below are some of my recent adventures in writing and storytelling.

Fiction

All Roads Lead Home

June 2016
Day One

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Fiction

May You Be Like Sarah

April 2016
Lumina

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Fiction

Weaning

January 2016
New South

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Fiction

Exposure

Winter 2016
Mid-American Review
Fine Line Competition
Runner-Up

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Fiction

Deluge

April 2015
Midwestern Gothic

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Fiction

Asylum

October 2013
Juked

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Fiction

Detritus

July 2013
Barrelhouse Online
Beach Reads

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Fiction

You Get What You Get

November 2012
The Drum Literary Magazine

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Fiction

A Strange Day

September 2012
Nib Magazine
Flash Fridays

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Non-Fiction

Only The Lonely

Big Truths
September 2016

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Non-Fiction

Dog Rope Self Love

Weird Love
Barrelhouse
February 2016

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Non-Fiction

Reckoning

Longreads Best of 2015: Under-Recognized Stories

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Non-Fiction

Reckoning

215 Of The Best Longreads Of 2015 — All Written By Women

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Non-Fiction

Reckoning

Midnight Breakfast
March 2015

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Non-Fiction

Projection

CHEAP POP
April 2014

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Non-Fiction

A Walk Through Belmont

March 2013
Digital Americana
Spoken Word

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Non-Fiction

Lisa's Book Roundup

The Rumpus

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Poetry

Baptism

Public Pool
August 2016

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Poetry

This Bountiful Weaning

Public Pool
August 2016

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Poetry

The Far Reaching Consequence of Insistence

Public Pool
August 2016

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Poetry

Forgetting Is Another Kind of Extinction

Tishman Review
July 2016

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Poetry

Trespassing

Tishman Review
July 2016

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Poetry

There's No Way To Arrange It

BOAAT
July 2015

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Poetry

Neurology

BOAAT
July 2015

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Poetry

At The Foot Of The Unmade Bed & Refraction

Bodega
April 2014

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Poetry

The Gravity of a Clear Blue Sky

Word Riot
February 2014

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Poetry

What Remains

Carve
September 2013

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Poetry

Jetsam

Chaparral
January 2013

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Poetry

Reservoir

Emerge Literary Journal
August 2012

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Poetry

Mercy

WordPlaySound
June 2012

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Events

Angels Flight Launch Party

Last Bookstore
Los Angeles
August 2016

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Events

Dirty Laundry Lit: WET

Los Angeles
March 2016

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Events

Tomales Bay Writing by Writers

October 2015

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Events

A Place At The Table

2016 AWP ROUNDTABLE
October 2015

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Events

Roxane Gay: Unburdened, An Interview

Origins Literary Journal
Fall 2015

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Events

This Writer's On Fire

The Butter Blog
April 2015

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Events

Griffith Park Storytelling Series

March 2015

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Events

Sirenland

March 2015

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Events

Interview with Franklin Leonard

Origins Literary Journal
Fall 2014, Vol 1.

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Events

Austin Film Festival

October 2014

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Events

Sundance Film Festival

2000-Present

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Events

Go Into The Story: Quest Workshop

October 2013
Los Angeles

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Events

One Book Semester

March - September 2013

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Events

How Readers Read: A Report from the Stacks of Submissions

Association of Writers & Writing Programs 2014

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Events

Storyteller

September 2012
The Monti
Hippo Award Nominee

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Events

Mister Bear Podcast

A few of my pieces read by Mister Bear.

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Tin House Summer Writer's Workshop

Summer 2012
Summer 2013
Winter 2014
Summer 2016

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Events

Editor Interviews

The Review Review

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I have always been fascinated by just about everything.


People, places, and ideas seem to float around me in a sea of random connectedness.

If I could have been a musician who writes about architecture while traveling around the world eating the best food on earth, I would have.

Instead — I just put what inspires me here on this Tumblr page. Enjoy.

About Lisa

Lisa Mecham writes a little bit of everything and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Amazon's Day One, Mid-American Review and BOAAT, among other publications. The Toast has also spotlighted her as a "Writer on Fire."

Lisa has served as an editor, advisory board member and reader for such literary magazines as Origins, The Scofield and Tin House. A former social worker, she also writes grants for social justice oriented non-profits.

A Midwesterner at heart, Lisa lives in Los Angeles with her two daughters where she’s finishing a novel about mental illness in the suburbs; think: "The Shining" meets "Revolutionary Road." She's also working on a collection of poems called "Dead Women," about women she's known or known of, who've met untimely, violent deaths.