Lisa Olstein

Lisa Olstein is the author of Radio Crackling, Radio Gone, (Copper Canyon 2006) winner of the Hayden Carruth Award; Lost Alphabet (Copper Canyon 2009), a Library Journal best book of the year; and Little Stranger (Copper Canyon 2013), which was a Lannan Literary Selection and named best book of the year by Coldfront magazine, Black Warrior, and Columbus Alive. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Centrum. Olstein is also the lyricist for Cold Satellite, a rock band fronted by songwriter Jeffrey Foucault.  She co-founded and co-directed the Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts & Action at U Mass Amherst, where she also served as associate director of the MFA program before coming to the UT Department of English.