I am a writer, speaker, and freelance copyeditor.


My first book is Leaving Mundania (Chicago Review Press, 2012), a narrative nonfiction book that examines the complex world of larp, or live action role-play.

Currently, I’m working on Pandora’s DNA (Chicago Review Press, forthcoming 2014), a nonfiction book about hereditary breast cancer that combines memoir about my experience and my family’s experience with reporting on medical history, current research, and the recent Supreme Court case concerning the patentability of human genes.

As a freelance journalist, I’ve written for The Today Show website, Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily Beast, io9.com, Good Men Project. I’ve also been awarded a residency at the Yaddo colony.

I hold an MFA in fiction writing from Emerson College, and an MS in journalism from Columbia University.


I’m available to speak about games, writing/reporting, and BRCA in venues  large and small, from college seminars to book clubs and conventions.

I’ve been a guest of honor at Wyrd Con in Los Angeles, at Fastaval in Copenhagen, and at Gen Con in Indianapolis, where I’ve spoken on a variety of topics related to larp and roleplaying. In 2012, I also delivered a Nordic Larp Talk in Helsinki.

Hereditary Breast Cancer
In 2010, at age 28, I cut off my healthy breasts to reduce my astronomical chances of developing breast cancer, since I have a harmful BRCA mutation that carries with it high risks for breast and ovarian cancer. I have appeared live to talk about BRCA on the Today Show, Huffington Post Live, and All In with Chris Hayes.


I’m a working writer with more than eight years of editing experience. From 2004 to 2012 I served as the editor-in-chief of Fringe, an online literary journal dedicated to political and experimental work, managing all aspects of the magazine.

I offer competitive rates, impeccable quality, and fast turn-around time. Need copyediting? Email lizzie.stark@gmail.com



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Photo Credit: Anannya Dasgupta