B.A. English & African American Literature, Yale University, 1995 M.A. Writing, Johns Hopkins University, 1999
Lizzie Skurnick is the author of Shelf Discovery, a critical paean to the unsung young adult books of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Her work on literature and culture has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Time, Bookforum, NPR, Jezebel, The Awl, O, the Daily Beast, Politics Daily, the LA Times, and many other outlets and publications. A former Vice-President of the Board of The National Book Critics Circle, she is the author of a book of poetry, "Check-in," and the recipient of residencies and fellowships from Yaddo, the VCCA, Ucross, and the AWP. A frequent speaker on young adult literature and the intersection between print and online at SXSW, BEA, AWP and other industry conferences, she is the editor of "Old Hag," one of the first literary blogs and a Forbes Best of the Web pick. Find out more at lizzieskurnick.com and theoldhag.com, or follow her on Twitter at @lizzieskurnick.
Teaching and Research Interests
cultural criticism (fiction, television and film); essay writing; social media; classic young adult fiction; publishing trends; intersection between print and online; blogging; radio commentary; alternate forms of journalism