Lija Fisher attended Aspen Summer Words as a student in 2014 and returned to Aspen in 2017 as a Writer in Residence working on her debut novel. She was born in Istanbul, Turkey and raised at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a BFA in Performance Studies and has performed in regional theatres across New York, Florida, Alaska and Colorado. Lija has lived in London, LA and NYC but now calls Colorado home. The Cryptid Catcher is her first novel.

“I attended Aspen Summer Words in 2014. It truly changed my life!”