Lisa Torcasso Downing is an award-winning writer and an advocate for the advancement of Mormon Letters. Her writing career began in the 1990’s with publication in various magazines owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, she soon branched out, publishing in what she affectionately calls “unauthorized” Mormon journals and magazines, where the emphasis is on both Mormon culture and literary quality. She has served as fiction editor for Irreantum, the literary journal published bi-annually by the Association for Mormon Letters, as well as for Sunstone, a magazine dedicated to Mormon art, culture and scholarship. In addition, she has worked as an editor for Zarahemla Press and is a contributor to the Association for Mormon Letter’s blog, Dawning of a Brighter Day.
Downing currently resides in Texas, though she has called both California and Utah her home. She received a BA in English from Brigham Young University and an MA from Texas A&M Commerce. She taught writing at Collin College and is a proud member of the up-and-coming Rowlett Writer’s Workshop. She is an active, believing Latter-day Saint, a wife of nearly 30 years and the mother of three. And best of all, she is happy.