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.
She's the founding editor-in- chief of Luna Luna Magazine (an online magazine & community dedicated to literature, witchcraft and idea.
She is the author of a few books and chapbooks 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. It 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.
Her work can be found in The New York Times, Narratively, Refinery 29, Entropy, Bust, Bustle, The Establishment, Hello Giggles, Ravishly, Cosmopolitan, and more. You can listen to her poetic narration in this 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.
She has written extensively about her experience in foster care, hoping to shed light on the reality of the foster system, the resiliency 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.
You may send love letters to: lisa.marie.basile11 @gmail.com