Smiling-Mt.Lemon_2020-CLizzi was born in Detroit, where her family lived for two years in a duplex below the Motown group Gladys Knight and the Pips. Lizzi’s family later moved to Milford, Michigan, where she grew up next door to the poet Thomas Lynch. She currently lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she enjoys hiking in the Catalina Mountains and cycling on the Loop that circles the city.

Lizzi holds a B.A. in English and creative writing from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in American culture from University of Michigan. She teaches as an Adjunct Instructor of Children’s Literature & American Popular Culture for Endicott College, currently teaching online from Tucson, Arizona. She taught courses in Hollywood cinema and American popular culture at University of Michigan from 1998-2000 and courses in English literature at Greenville Technical College in SC from 2010-2013.

Lizzi’s fiction publications include a novella, a short story, and 16 flash fictions. Her work has appeared in nationally recognized literary journals, including Seattle Review and Boston Literary Magazine. She has authored hundreds of literary reference articles for online databases published by the Gale Group, as well as film reviews for local periodicals. She is currently focusing her creative energies on writing children’s picture book texts and middle-grade novels.  Here is the view from her home office: