Lizzi was born in Detroit, Michigan, where her father was a popular psychology professor at Wayne State University. She chose to drop out of kindergarten after two weeks because the teacher was bullying one of the students. Despite this inauspicious beginning to her education, she graduated from Roeper School in Birmingham and went on to Oberlin College in Ohio, graduating with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing.
After college, Lizzi moved to her beloved Ann Arbor, where she worked as a clerk at a natural foods co-op, a waitress at a bar, and a secretary at the University. She entered graduate school in American Culture at University of Michigan with the idea of studying the pop star Madonna but ended up writing her dissertation on intruder films, earning a Ph.D. with a specialization in Film Theory.
Lizzi taught Popular Culture and History of American Cinema at University of Michigan from 1998-2000. For a number of years she worked as a freelance writer, completing hundreds of short entries on writers and works of fiction for an online encyclopedia company. At the age of 40, she met the love of her life and the following year married for the first time to this man who was worth waiting forty years to find!
As she and her husband moved a few times over the years, Lizzi taught composition and English literature at Greenville Technical College in South Carolina from 2010 to 2013. In 2014 she began teaching at Endicott College in Beverley, Massachusetts, only leaving to move to Jupiter, Florida with her husband in 2017. Beginning in 2018, she continued to teach for Endicott as a distance instructor, with online courses in American Popular Culture and Literature for Children.
Lizzi currently teaches online from Tucson, Arizona, where she and her husband enjoy hiking in the Catalina Mountains and cycling on the Loop that circles the city. Her novels include Athena’s Shield, Citizen Louis-Charles, and The Age of Hysteria. Available on Amazon.
View of Mount Lemon from Lizzi’s home office.