Lisa Jane Persky


The next Letter in the Mail, going out this Friday, is from Lisa Jane Persky.

Lisa Jane is a writer, photographer, actress and editor. Her fiction, journalism and photography has appeared in periodicals ranging from Bomb to MOJO to The Los Angeles Times. She made her screen debut in 1978 playing Robert Duvall’s daughter in The Great Santini, and has appeared in such films as When Harry Met SallyThe Cotton ClubPeggy Sue Got Married and The Big Easy.

A member of the CBGB’s scene, Lisa was also a founding writer/photographer of the New York Rocker and the subject of the Blondie song, “(I’m Always Touched by Your) Presence Dear.” Many of her extraordinary photographs of this period and others can be seen at

Currently, Lisa is Editor at Large and Art Director for The Los Angeles Review of Books. You can follow her on Twitter @lisajanepersky.

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Photo by Mark Hanauer.