Lisa D. Gray

Writer, Curator, and Equity and Social Justice in San Francisco, California

Lisa D. Gray

Writer, Curator, and Equity and Social Justice in San Francisco, California

Lisa D. Gray (@randomlisasf)

An Edgar Award-winning writer, Lisa's stories focus on the intersections of and spaces between Blackness, womanhood, and Americaness.

She's won the Mystery Writers of America Robert L. Fish Award (2018), the Henry Joseph Jackson Prize for Distinguished Fiction (2014) and earned scholarships and fellowships to the Fine Arts Works Center, The Voices of Our Nations Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center. and the San Francisco Writers Grotto.

UPCOMING EVENTS/READINGS

11.28.18 @ 6:00 pm -- AAACC, 762 Fulton St, SF, CA -- Our Voices, Our Stories SF

10.20.18 @ 6:30 pm -- The Beauty Bar, 2299 Mission St., SF, CA -- Brown People Don’t Read? VII

PAST APPEARANCES

10.13.18 to 10.14.18 -- Master of Ceremonies, Space for All Conference, Emeryville, CA,

PAST READINGS

5.18.18 @ 7 pm -- Kearny Street Writers Workshop, 1246 Folsom Street, SF, CA

4.24.18 to 4.28.18 Grand Hyatt Hotel, NYC -- The Edgar Awards, Robert L. Fish Award recipient 2018 and Panelist on Noir in Short Stories

10.14.17 @ 8:00 pm The Beauty Bar, 2299 Mission St., SF, CA -- Brown People Don’t Read? VI

9.2.17 @ 7 pm -- Au Lounge, 25th & Broadway, Oakland, CA

Beast Crawl -- Sunday Stories: Brown People Don't Read? V @ The Beast

8.12.17 @ 7 pm -- Octopus Lounge, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, CA

PEN Oakland, Such Freedoms reading

8.3.17 @ 7 pm -- Institute Library, 837 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT

New Haven Noir, "The Queen of Secrets", Book Launch

4.5.17 @ 6 pm The Hazel Reading Series -- Mission Cultural Center, SF, CA

She's founded Our Voices, Our Stories SF in 2014 as a way to highlight the work of women writers of color. Authors Natalie Bazile (Queen Sugar), Jacquline Luckett (Searching for Tina Turner), and Faith Adiele (Meeting Faith) joined her to read and discuss their writing.

She's published in New Haven Noir, Mission at Tenth, As Us Literary Journal, and other lit mags.

Read a snippet of Lisa's fiction...

Edgar Award 2018, Robert L. Fish Award for The Queen of Secrets in New Haven Noir

The Things We Remember, As Us Journal

The Fourth Time from the novel in progress Stolen Summer

  • Work
    • Writer/Social Justice Warrior
  • Education
    • MFA in Creative Writing & English (Mills College)
    • BA English (Spelman College)