Writer & Activist
Spoonie Sheets, postcards for people with chronic, invisible, mental, or disabling illness.
Hey, y'all. I'm Liz Lazzara.
I'm an androgyne freelance writer and editor, and a no-holds-barred activist. My pronouns are she/her or they/them.
I write essays, reportage, copy, and blog content with a focus on mental health, trauma, addiction, and recovery. I also like to tackle issues within the LGBTQIA+ community, gender and sexuality, timely news and politics, and (occasionally) I write about writing. I aim to write pieces that blend the personal with easy-to-understand science and fact so that my readers feel less alone, more capable, and (hopefully) inspired to better their lives.
I'm working on two manuscripts:
A novel about a schizophrenic homeless man, a grieving daughter and a troubled teenage boy, drawn to each other to tackle their demons -- past and present.
A memoir about complex/cumulative post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) and addiction that marries personal experience with the science of psychology, psychiatry, neurobiology, and child/human development.
I am actively seeking representation.
As an editor, I have done everything from proofreading short pieces up to working as a developmental editor on full-length manuscripts. I also created and managed a personal essay publication, recruiting and managing a team of 50+ writers for over a year.
Another project I'd love to tackle is a candid yet funny podcast about mental health, addiction, trauma, invisible illness, and being a spoonie. If you live with chronic illness and are interested in being a part of this, definitely let me know!
So, welcome! Take a look around. And never hesitate to say hello.