Zach Lisabeth is a Los Angeles-based speculative fiction author and Weirdo. He was born in Long Island and took a circuitous route west by way of Brooklyn, NY, Burlington, VT and Chicago, IL. He is a graduate of the 2014 Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Workshop at UCSD, an experience he credits with exacerbating his Weirdness. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Gaia: Shadow & Breath vol. 2 (Pantheon Press), Burningword Literary Journal, the anthology RealLies (The Zharmae Publishing Press) and others.
After studying classics, rhetoric, theatre, philosophy, business institutions and English, Zach graduated from Northwestern University in 2006 with a BS in Communications Studies and a transcript that reads like a choose your own adventure novel. He left Chicago immediately after graduation and never looked back, relocating to Brooklyn where his writing career began in earnest.
In August of 2010, Zach joined Americorps, serving with alternative educator Matt Schlein’s Willowell Foundation through the Vermont Youth Development Corps. During his term of service, Zach regularly assisted with Matt’s outdoor high school, the Walden Project, set on 270+ acres of preserved land in bucolic Monkton, VT. As a service-member, he was supposed to assist with writing instruction during the class’ weekly workshop in Burlington, VT, but he admittedly learned far more than he taught. It was the Walden approach to place-based education and Matt’s Thoreau-inspired pedagogy that Zach credits with vulcanizing his unique voice and approach to speculative fiction.
In 2013 Zach placed in the Zharmae Publishing Press New Writers Contest with the surrealist space cult story “Onward Into Dark.” “Onward” was subsequently published in Zharmae’s anthology RealLies (2013). In 2014 he was accepted to the prestigious Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Workshop at UC-San Diego where he studied with many talented and well-known writers and editors including Greg Frost, Geoff Ryman, Catherynne Valente, N.K. Jemisin, Jeff VanderMeer & Ann VanderMeer. Since Clarion, Zach’s work has appeared in a number of publications, all of which are listed on his website. A middle grade novel set in the world of “Where the Millennials Went” is currently in progress as well as several other long form projects in addition to forthcoming works of short fiction.
Zach currently lives in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA with his partner Liz and zero pets. For regular updates, follow him on Twitter @zachlisabeth and Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7372482.Zach_Lisabeth) or come visit his official site: zachlisabeth.com.