Louisa is the author of the novels Trinity and Speak. Trinity was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Award; Speak was a Best Book of the Year in NPR, Slate, the Washington Post, and Men's Journal. Her poems have appeared in The New Republic, The Southwest Review, and other journals, and her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Slate, The MIT Technology Review, and Texas Monthly. She has a B.A. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Texas at Austin.
Louisa primarily teaches a variety of creative writing workshops.