Lisa Lucas

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Location Amphitheater

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Executive Director, National Book Foundation

Lisa Lucas is the executive director of the National Book Foundation, the organization responsible for the annual National Book Awards. The third director in the history of the Foundation, Lucas is also the first woman and first African-American at its helm.

Lucas was named executive director of the Foundation in 2016; upon announcement of her appointment, NBC reported that “with Lucas at the forefront of the National Book Foundation and Awards, the future of publishing looks very bright,” and the Los Angeles Times said Lucas was “clearly poised to bring the organization to a new level.”

Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the publisher of Guernica, a non-profit online magazine focusing on writing that explores the intersection of art and politics with an international and diverse focus. Prior to that, she served as Director of Education at the Tribeca Film Institute, on the development team at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and as a consultant for the Sundance Institute, San Francisco Film Society, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and ReelWorks Teen Filmmaking. Currently, Lucas also serves on the literary council of the Brooklyn Book Festival.

Lucas is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she studied English.