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Elizabeth Stark's Biography

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Berkeley, CA
Angie Powers
Jan 2008

Elizabeth Stark was born in Berkeley, California, and raised on vision theory and folk music in the after-math of the "free love" movement. Descending on her mother's side from a matriarchal family of vaudevillains, communisits and Christian Scientists, and on her father's side from a patriarchal Jewish family with the one caveat that you only belong if your mother was one, too, Elizabeth has long sought strength and solice in writing, performing, filmmaking, havoc-making and, lately, baby-making and dinner-making.

Elizabeth Stark is the author of the novel Shy Girl, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 1999, in paperback from Seal Press in 2000, and in German from Orlanda Press in 2003. It was a national bestseller on the Lambda Book Report list and at A Different Light, and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Ferro-Grumely Award.

She has published travel writing, book reviews, author interviews and short stories in a number of magazines, including Curve, Lodestar Quarterly, Washington Square and the S.F. Bay Times.

Elizabeth completed her MFA at Columbia University in 1996. She worked as a reader and editor at The Paris Review, has read and performed in New York City, San Francisco, and points between.

In addition to writing for the page Elizabeth has written, produced, and directed for the screen. FtF: Female to Femme, Elizabeth's first feature documentary, was based on a sold-out show by the same name which she conceived and directed at the Jons Sims Center for SFinX. FtF: Female to Femme premiered as an official selection of Frameline 30: The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, was selected for OutFest07, and continues to play at festivals, universities and events around the world. FtF has been picked-up by Frameline for distribution. Elizabeth's short, co-directed film A Conversation with Elizabeth's Father premiered at the 2004 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. She is currently in post-production for a narrative short, Little Mutinies, co-written and co-directed with her life partner, Angie Powers.

Elizabeth has taught creative writing at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Pratt Institute, the Creative Project Institute, and UC Santa Cruz. Currently, she offers private editing services and workshops. She is juggling completion of two novels: Strip and The Man Who Disappeared.




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Upcoming Works

The Man Who Disappeared
Little Mutinies

Recommended Links


Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Seal Press (Avalon)