Karen Rizzo has spent a number of years writing non-fiction, mostly about her family and friends. Her stories and essays have been appeared on NPR and in the Los Angeles Times, Living Fit, Salon, Publishers Weekly, Fit Pregnancy (picking up a MAGGIE Award for Best Essay in a West Coast Magazine), Beatrice, Fresh Yarn, Runner’s World and VIVmag as well as the Random House anthology Life’s A Stitch: The Best of Contemporary Women’s Humor. She’s the author of THINGS TO BRING, SH#!T TO DO… (Abrams/STC), a collection of essays (also featuring family and friends) based on twenty years of personal lists–a Book Sense/IndieBound pick for Best of The Month–and the novel Famous Baby, (Prospect Park Books), an LATimes Summer Reading Pick. Karen’s full length play Mutual Philanthropy, an O’Neill Playwright’s Conference semi-finalist, had its West Coast Premiere at Ensemble Studio Theatre/Los Angeles this past fall. Karen is a longtime member of E.S.T. (NYC & L.A.). She lives with Jim Macdonald and their two children in Highland Park, which is apparently Brooklyn’s sun-drenched Los Angeles counterpart. Who knew?