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About – Lizzie Stark
Lizzie Stark bio photo
Photo Credit: J.R. Blackwell

In one life, I write narrative nonfiction books, like Pandora’s DNA (2014), about the history and science of the so-called ‘breast cancer genes,’ and Leaving Mundania(2012), about the world of larp. My current project is a wide-ranging nonfiction book about the ordinary–and yet, completely extraordinary–egg, the world’s largest cellular workhorse.

In my other life, I’m a participation designer who creates experiences and interactive theater both independently and for institutions.

My essays and journalism have appeared in The Washington PostDaily Beast, and Today Show, and elsewhere. My prize-winning game design and facilitation work has been shown at festivals such as Indiecade, Stockholm Fringe Festival, the Future of Storytelling, and includes collaborations with a variety of cultural institutions, like the Peabody Essex Museum and the Kennedy Center.

I hold MS in journalism from Columbia University and an MFA in fiction writing from Emerson College. I’ve been lucky enough to visit the Yaddo colony several times; in 2016 I was named a Wallace Foundation Resident there.

Speaker and Teacher

I’ve taught playable theater design at Northeastern University, and am a frequent visitor to college classes to talk about things like game design, international larp, participatory theater, and hereditary cancer. I’ve spoken to audiences as diverse as Columbia Medical School students, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, and curators at the Peabody Essex Museum.


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