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Teresa Lo was born and raised in Coffeyville, Kansas, population of 10,000 and home of the Interstate Fair and Rodeo and the legendary Dalton Gang. Her Chinese-American family was one of three Asian families in their conservative, Midwest town, and they ran the popular China Garden restaurant, which Teresa worked at from ages twelve to eighteen.
After high school, she attended the University of Kansas, where she earned a B.A. in History. She was a graduate of the honors program, a 2007-2008 Woman of Distinction, and founder of the T.Lo Club, an organization devoted to eating cookies. During her senior year of college, she was a research intern at The Late Show with David Letterman, where she gained her first hands-on experience in television.
In 2007, she moved to Los Angeles to attend the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she majored in screenwriting. She graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts in May of 2009, and her scripts have placed in several major writing contests. In 2010, she won the Grand Prize in the Script Pipeline Screenplay Contest, and she also placed two other scripts in the finals, a rare accomplishment. That same year, her drama script The Physicist also was a finalist for the prestigious 2010 Bluecat Screenplay Contest.
Her produced film credit "Angel's Bread," a short directed by Lea Dizon and produced by Pia Chikiamco and Mahsa Moayeri, won the Silver Lei Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the Honolulu Film Festival 2010. In October of 2009, she was a participant of the NAMIC Fall Writer's Workshop, a competitive writing workshop that accepts twenty members. Her short story "Guilt," a murder mystery, was published in the Comma, Splice Literary Journal in 2006, and she has contributed to Examiner, Yahoo, The Hollywood Reporter, USC's SCA website, and The University Daily Kansan. In 2011, Bart Enigma Books released her first collection of short stories Realities and later The Other Side. Since then, she has published a young adult novel, Hell's Game, and debuted an Asian-American erotica series, The Red Lantern Scandals.