Lizzie Simon has had a prolific career as an author, journalist, screenwriter, essayist, critic, curator and producer.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, she worked as an actor for stage and TV from age three to thirteen.
At Columbia University, she majored in American History, concentrating in African American History and was the Arts Director at WKCR 89.9FM.
After college, she was the Creative Producer at The Flea Theater in Tribeca, where she curated and produced dozens of live music, dance and theater performances, some of them Bessie and Obie Award winning. She co-curated FIAF's Crossing The Line festival in its first year.
Her memoir, Detour, was published by Atria Books. It was translated into Italian and Dutch, optioned by HBO, excepted in Time Magazine, and inspired an MTV documentary for which Lizzie was a consulting producer. Detour has sold more than forty thousand copies and Lizzie has spoken at more than 60 colleges and organizations nationwide.
Lizzie worked as a freelance travel writer for a wide variety of publications and in 2010 began arts writing for the Wall St Journal, where she has contributed more than 400 features.
In 2016 she interviewed fifty people who are part of the beloved Santa Rosa restaurant The Spinster Sisters for The Spinster Sisters Guide to Sonoma County.
In 2017 she was elected to the Board of Trustees of United States Artists, who give dozens of $50,000 unrestricted grants to artists in a range of fields each year.
Lizzie can be contacted by email: lizzie underscore simon at yahoo dot com.