LISA MARIE BASILE is a poet, essayist and editor living in NYC. She studied English and psychology as an undergraduate at Pace University and received a Masters in writing from NYC’s The New School.
Luna Luna Magazine She's the founding editor-in- chief of Luna Luna Magazine (an online magazine & community dedicated to literature, witchcraft, the arts, and women).
Poetry & writing She is the author of a few books of poetry: Apocryphal, war/lock, Triste, and Andalucia. Her book NYMPHOLEPSY (co-authored with Alyssa Morhardt-Goldstein) will be published by Inside the Castle in November 2018 and was a finalist in the 2017 Tarpaulin Sky Book Awards. She is also working on her first novella, to be released by Clash Books in 2019.
Her first nonfiction book, Light Magic for Dark Times, will be published by Quarto Books in 2018.
Lisa Marie has been published in The New York Times, Narratively, Refinery 29, Greatist, Bust, Bustle, Marie Claire, The Establishment, Hello Giggles, The Gloss, Ravishly, The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, and more. Her poetry can be heard narrating the Into The Veil event video by Atlas Obscura.
Her work has been nominated for the Best American Experimental Writing anthology and for several Pushcart Prizes, and has appeared in Best Small Fictions 2015, selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Robert Olen Butler.
Witchery Recently, she's spoken on witchcraft to Elle Australia for their Season of the Witch feature, and in podcasts Essie's Hour of Love, Get Lit With Leza, and Into the Dark. During Halloween 2017, she took part in a Witchcraft 101 chat with Ravishly Magazine, and led a witchcraft-focused Luna Luna Magazine takeover of Ravishly's Instagram account.
Foster care advocacy She has written extensively about her experience in foster care, hoping to shed light on the reality of the foster system, the strength of foster youth, and the psychological trauma that can occur as a result of being placed in the system. Her goal is to bring awareness to the foster care crisis in the U.S., to destigmatize the perception of and discussion around foster youth and to show that there can be life after foster care. She has also written about parental relationships, addiction and mental health is it relates to foster care.