BETH LISICK

My first novel Edie on the Green Screen comes out Spring 2020 on 7.13 Books

I am a writer and actor from the San Francisco Bay Area, currently living in Brooklyn. I love to collaborate with people on projects and usually have something or other going on.

And with third person formalism I present a bio:

Beth Lisick is a writer, actor, and the author of five books: the memoir collection Yokohama Threeway and Other Small Shames (City Lights), the New York Times bestselling comic memoir Everybody Into the Pool (ReganBooks, Harper Collins), the gonzo self-help manifesto and national bestseller Helping Me Help Myself (William Morrow, Harper Collins), the story collection This Too Can Be Yours, and the performance poetry/story collection Monkey Girl (both on Manic D Press).

With a grant from the Creative Work Fund, she has collaborated on a chapbook series with the artists at Creativity Explored, a studio and gallery for artists with developmental disabilities in San Francisco. The collection is called Tell You What.

Her writing has appeared in anthologies including Best American Poetry, Santa Cruz NoirPost-It Note Diaries, Yes Is The Answer, The Speed Chronicles, and the Outlaw Bible of American Literature, among many others.

In 2002, she created the Porchlight Storytelling Series with Arline Klatte, a San Francisco storytelling show that was monthly until 2013. Porchlight now does shows about five times a year and Arline and Beth also teach workshops.

She has spoken or performed at the Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Hammer Museum, Shakespeare and Company, the Guggenheim Museum, Stanford University, Storymoja Hay Festival in Nairobi, Lollapalooza, the Lilith Fair, Brown University, University of Arizona Poetry Center, and many other places. She has been in residence at Rowland Writers Retreat, CESTA in Tabor, Czech Republic and the RADAR Lab in Akumal Mexico.

Beth has conducted onstage interviews with writers and actors, including Dave Eggers, Mary Roach, Amy Sedaris, Elijah Wood, Evan Rachel Wood, Michael Nesmith, and Zoe Saldana, for City Arts and Lectures, Litquake, SF International Film Fest and the SF Sketchfest.

Her acting credits include a featured role on the Amazon show Transparent, leading roles in Frazer Bradshaw’s Everything Strange and New, which won the FIPRESCI prize and screened at festivals including Sundance and Karlovy Vary; and three short films by Joey Izzo: I Was There Too (2017), My Daughter’s Boyfriend (2015) and Stepsister, which screened at San Francisco International and Cannes in 2013. And you can ask her about appearing as a background extra in nearly fifty films and tv shows. Law & Order SVU? Of course.

Since 1999 she has been collaborating with writer/comedian Tara Jepsen on screenplays, stage and video projects. They have performed at OUTsider Fest, Dixon Place, UCB Theatre, SF MOMA and screened their films at OUTfest, Frameline, and the Mix Film Festival of Sexual Diversity in Sao Paulo, Brasil.

She has a degree in American Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. A native of the Bay Area, she currently lives in Brooklyn.

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