About

Lizzie is a freelance journalist who has written for the Daily Beast, The Today Show Website, io9.com, Psychology Today, the Philadelphia Inquirer and elsewhere. She is the author of two nonfiction books: Pandora’s DNA(October 2014), about the history and science of the so-called breast cancer genes, and Leaving Mundania (Chicago Review Press, 2012), about larp, or live action roleplay, which is essentially make believe for grownups.

She holds an MS in journalism from Columbia University and an MFA in fiction writing from Emerson College. In 2013, she was awarded a residency at the Yaddo colony.

Speaking

Lizzie is available to speak in venues  large and small, from college seminars to book clubs and conventions, about topics related to hereditary breast cancer or roleplaying games.

Hereditary Breast Cancer

In 2010, at age 28, Lizzie cut off her healthy breasts to reduce her astronomical chances of developing breast cancer, since she has a harmful BRCA mutation that carries with it high risks for breast and ovarian cancer. She has appeared live to talk about BRCA on the Today Show, HuffingtonPost Live, and All In with Chris Hayes.

In Pandora’s DNA, she uses her family’s experience to frame a larger story about the so-called breast cancer genes, exploring the morass of legal quandaries, scientific developments, medical breakthroughs, and ethical concerns that surround the BRCA mutations. Drawing from more than 200 documentary sources, and more than 40 interviews with patients, family members, and experts, Pandora’s DNA relates the troubling history of prophylactic surgery, the storied origins of the boob job and relates the landmark lawsuit against Myriad Genetics, which held patents on the BRCA genes every human carries in their body until the Supreme Court overturned them in 2013.

Gaming

As a guest of honor at conventions such as Wyrd Con, at Fastaval, Living Games East, and Gen Con, and a speaker at many others, Lizzie has lectured on a variety of topics related to community-building, larp, American Freeform, Nordic larp, and other forms of roleplaying. In 2012, she also delivered a Nordic Larp Talk in Helsinki about September 11th and larp.