Beth Lisick is a writer and actor. She is the author of five books and has appeared in films screened at Cannes, Sundance, and the San Francisco International Film Festival.
Her books include the memoir collection Yokohama Threeway and Other Small Shames (City Lights), the New York Times bestselling comic memoir Everybody Into the Pool (Harper/ReganBooks), the gonzo self-help manifesto
With a grant from the Creative Work Fund, she collaborated on a chapbook series with the artists at Creativity Explored, a studio and gallery for artists with developmental disabilities in San Francisco. The collection, which includes advice and stories about the artists, is called Tell You What.
Her acting credits include leading roles in Frazer Bradshaw’s Everything Strange and New, which won the FIPRESCI critics’ prize, was nominated for the Spirit and Gotham awards, and screened at festivals including Sundance and Karlovy Vary; and three of Joey Izzo’s short films: Stepsister, which screened at San Francisco International and Cannes in 2013, My Daughter’s Boyfriend (2015) Best Film of the Year at NoBudge, and I Was There Too (Aspen 2017). She also has a couple lines, spoken nude from a hammock, in the Amazon series Transparent.
Since 1999 she has been collaborating with writer/comedian Tara Jepsen on stage and video projects. They have performed at Dixon Place, UCB Theatre, SF MOMA, SF Sketchfest, and screened their films at OUTfest, Frameline, and the Mix Film Festival of Sexual Diversity in Sao Paulo, Brasil. They have opened for Tig Notaro, Neil Hamburger, and Dave Hill. Their web series Rods and Cones was named one of the Top 10 web series of 2014 by Indiewire.
Her writing has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including Best American Poetry, Post-It Note Diaries, Yes Is The Answer, The Speed Chronicles, and the Outlaw Bible of American Literature. Her voiceover work has been heard at Metropolitan Museum of Art, SF MOMA, and the Oakland Museum, as well as in Craig Baldwin’s cult film Spectres of the Spectrum.
In 2002, she created the Porchlight Storytelling Series with Arline Klatte, a storytelling show for non-pro storytellers in San Francisco. The series is now in its 15th year and has featured hundreds of storytellers.
She has spoken or performed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Hammer Museum, Shakespeare and Company, the Guggenheim Museum, Stanford University, Storymoja Hay Festival in Nairobi, Lollapalooza, the Lilith Fair, Bumbershoot, SXSW, Brown University, University of Arizona Poetry Center, the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, and other places; and has been an artist in residence at CESTA in Tabor, Czech Republic and the RADAR Lab in Akumal, Mexico.
She has conducted onstage interviews with writers and actors, including Dave Eggers, Mary Roach, Amy Sedaris, Elijah Wood, Evan Rachel Wood, and Zoe Saldana, for City Arts and Lectures, Litquake, SF International Film Fest and the SF Sketchfest. Performing excerpts of her writing, she has opened for Neil Young, Allen Ginsberg, Lydia Lunch, Exene Cervenka, and a lot of bands, too numerous and mostly obscure to name. She has been appeared on Talk of the Nation, This American Life, The California Report, the Rachael Ray Show and a bunch of podcasts.
Beth has a degree in American Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. A native of the Bay Area, she currently lives in Brooklyn and is working on her first novel.