My first novel Edie on the Green Screen is out on 7.13 Books and was a #1 Bestseller at Small Press Distribution
Audiobook read by me here
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I am a writer, actor, and dementia caregiver from the San Francisco Bay Area, currently living in the Hudson Valley and New York City. I love to collaborate with people on projects and am currently (and always) working with Tara Jepsen. The composer Lisa Mezzacappa and I have a serialized opera podcast called The Electronic Lover. I just completed a mystery novel with Laura MacDonald and Edie on the Green Screen has been optioned by Dava Whisenant and Cactus Flower Films
And with third person formalism I present a short bio:
Beth Lisick is a writer and actor from the San Francisco Bay Area, currently living in the Hudson Valley. She is the author of six books, including the New York Times bestseller Everybody Into the Pool, and co-founder of the Porchlight Storytelling Series. Beth has also worked as a baker, a promotional banana mascot, a background extra for TV and film, and an aide to people with developmental disabilities and dementia. Edie on the Green Screen is her first novel.
The longer bio:
Beth Lisick is a writer, actor, and the author of six books: the novel Edie on the Green Screen (7.13 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 Noir, Post-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, and University of Arizona Poetry Center. 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. She has performed as an opening act for Neil Young, Allen Ginsberg, Ruth Weiss, Lydia Lunch, Exene Cervenka, Anne Waldman, Mort Sahl, Tig Notaro, and Neil Hamburger.
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 the weirdness of appearing as a background extra in nearly fifty films and TV shows. The jury box of Law & Order SVU? Of course. As an audio tour narrator, she has worked with MoMA, SF MoMA, The Met, The Smithsonian, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Since 1999 she has been collaborating with writer/comedian Tara Jepsen on screenplays, stage and video projects. Their web series Rods and Cones was called one of the year’s ten best by Indiewire. 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.