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Conceived in New York City, born in Oklahoma, and raised in Detroit, Lisa Lenzo is the author of Strange Love, a novel-in-stories published by Wayne State University Press in 2014 and the recipient of a Michigan Notable Book Award for 2015. Acclaimed author Ann Beattie chose Lenzo's first story collection Within the Lighted City for the 1997 John Simmons Short Fiction Award and it was published by University of Iowa Press. Lenzo has also received a Hemingway Days Festival Award, a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award, and she was the 2013 first prize winner in a contest sponsored by the Georgetown Review. Her stories and essays have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, The Mississippi Review Prize Issue, The Italian American Reader, Sacred Ground: Stories About Home, Tales from the Concrete Highway, Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes, and on NPR. Lenzo grew up in Highland Park and Detroit and is a summa cum laude graduate of the MFA program at Western Michigan University. She now lives with her husband near Saugatuck, Michigan, where she drives a bus in the afternoons so she can spend her mornings writing.