I have an MFA from Bennington College, where I was mentored by Rachel Pastan, Alice Mattison, Jill McCorkle and David Gates. During my last term, I was an Assistant Graduate Fellow in Fiction. One of my stories was honored in the 2017 Glimmer Train Fiction Open and was a Semi-Finalist in the 2016 ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Contest. Other stories have been published in the Rumble Fish Quarterly, Litro Magazine, D Magazine, Red Fez, Deep South Magazine and Flash Fiction Magazine (twice). I received an Honorable Mention from PEN Women for a short story and was a resident at the Vermont Studio Center, where I studied with Barry Hannah.

In 2015, my screenplay Everything But Love was a Quarter-Finalist in the ScreenCraft Comedy Competition in Los Angeles. In 2014, it was a semifinalist (Comedy Category) in the Screenplay Festival in Los Angeles, as well as an Official Selection in the Beverly Hills Film Festival. Lizzie Skurnick, New York Times editor of That Should Be a Word, has featured two words I coined on her Twitter page. See one of them here

In 2014, I was one of seven writers selected to perform and read my true story in Oral Fixation at the Wyly Theater in the Arts District in downtown Dallas. Oral Fixation is akin to The Moth. www.oralfixationshow.com. I also made the Top 3 in the 1-Minute Monologue Contest in Clay Banks Studio in LA.  

I co-directed/produced a documentary film, His Name is Bob that screened in nine festivals across the U.S. Everywhere from Mammoth in Cali to Red Rocks in Utah to Hoboken. The film aired on The Documentary Channel for a year and can be streamed on Amazon Prime, Google Play, Vimeo, YouTube Movie Rentals and SnagFilms. Bob and the film were featured on the cover of The Dallas Morning News. It was also was voted by the Dallas Observer as one of the Top 10 Music Documentaries in Dallas.

I co-wrote/directed a piece in Jill Soloway’s (Transparent) underground comedy venue, Sit ‘N Spin at the HBO Workspace. Melanie Hutsell, SNL alum, and I worked together to create it and she performed the piece. Sarah Silverman was on the show that night, as was Scott Buck, executive producer of Dexter.

I am a copywriter and have been for over 30 years in the ad world. My New York agency experience includes Wells, Rich Green; Della Femina, Travisano and Partners; BBDO and Ogilvy & Mather. In Dallas, I have worked at t:m (formerly Temerlin McClain); Integer; Rapp Collins; WFAA-TV; imc2; Tribal DDB and TPN. I have won Clios, Addys, Tellys, a Communications Arts award and an Emmy. My work has also been included in Lurzer’s Archive.

I have written numerous plays. One of them received a staged reading at the Tamarind Theater in Los Angeles. I am a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Feel free to contact me at lisa.johnson7@gmail.com. Follow me on Twitter here.