Lisa Factora-Borchers is a Filipinx American writer, activist, and publisher of Guernica magazine. Lisa is the editor of Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence (AK Press, 2014), and her work can be found The Millions, Adroit Journal, The National Catholic Reporter, The Independent (UK), Refinery 29, In The Fray, TruthOut, The Feminist Wire, The International Examiner, Mutha, and Ano Ba magazines. She has contributed to anthologies Burn It Down (Seal Press, 2019), Feminisms in Motion: Voices for Justice, Liberation, and Transformation (AK Press, 2018), Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines (PM Press, 2016), Verses Typhoon Yolanda: A Storm of Filipino Poets (Pawa Press, 2014).
Lisa has worked in several publishing and editorial capacities at The Rumpus, Catapult, make/shift, and Literary Mama magazines and also served as the editorial director for Bitch Media. Lisa is the book editor for the Amazon best-selling book Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice (Arsenal Press, 2018) and The Future is Disabled (Arsenal Press, Spring 2023), both by by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, and the seismic book Healing Justice Lineages: Dreaming at the Crossroads of Liberation Collective Care & Safety (North Atlantic Press, Fall 2022) by Cara Page and Erica Woodland. Also, Lisa was the editor of the column “The Pleasure Dome” by adrienne maree brown which later became the New York Times best-selling book Pleasure Activism (AK Press, 2019).
She is a 2012 memoir fellow for Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation (VONA), and was awarded a 2018 Fall residency at the Sundress Academy of the Arts. Lisa is also a two-time recipient of the Greater Columbus Arts Council artist grant.
Lisa was recognized by Rewire.News as one of the five revolutionary Asian American activists who is leading the fight for reproductive freedom. She served as a board member for Zora’s House, an entrepreneurial think tank and haven for women of color. A political thought leader and board member for OPAWL (Ohio Progressive Asian Women’s Leadership), Lisa cofounded and cofacilitates Feminist Grounding, a program for AAPI women and nonbinary folx to reflect upon the intersecting points of identity, trauma, and liberation. Lisa is also a leadership officer in the inaugural Ohio chapter of FAHNS (Filipino American History National Society). Lisa is also the founder of The End Writers Collective, a decolonizing-in-practice community space for BIPOC writers finishing their literary manuscripts.
Lisa received a BA in English from Xavier University; a joint masters degree in Counseling Psychology and Pastoral Ministry from Boston College; and an MFA in Literary Nonfiction Creative Writing from Columbia University. She is a seasoned facilitator and has led workshops, retreats, and forums centralizing race, feminism, political consciousness, spirituality, transformative listening, and sustainable, everyday activism.
She is currently working on her next book, a literary memoir about race, faith, politics, and diasporic feminism in middle America.