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    I live in Los Angeles. I'm from New York. You cannot compare the two places because it's like comparing oranges and chopped liver. I'm an Angelino now, and Angelinos don't care if you're from New York.                                                                                                               

    I started out in NYC by writing pieces for theatre, and then moved here and lost my bearings, so I wrote stories and personal essays, and kept writing them after my kids were born because it meant I didn't have to shower, wear nice clothes, or travel west of the 110 Freeway.                                                                                      

    Those stories and essays have appeared on NPR and in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Living Fit, Salon, Publishers Weekly, Fit Pregnancy (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. I wrote two books, Famous Baby, (Prospect Park   Books), an LATimes Summer Reading Pick, and things to bring, s#!t to do... (Abrams/STC), a collection of short essays based on twenty years of personal lists, which became a Book Sense/IndieBound pick for Best of The Year.                                                                    

    My full-length play Mutual Philanthropy, an O'Neill Playwright's Conference semi-finalist, had its West Coast Premiere at Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST)/Los Angeles, East Coast at The New Jersey Repertory Theatre. Other work here in LA has been seen in EST's  One-Act festival, at The Blank Theatre's Living Room Series, Arcade, Literary Death Match, Vermin on the Mount and True Stories.                                                                                            

    I've ghostwritten several books, which you may or may not have read, but you wouldn't know, because I'm a ghost. Boo!                    

    I'm a proud member of PEN America, SAG-AFTRA and Ensemble Studio Theatre. I try to be pescatarian, but sometimes I miss chicken and In-N-Out burgers. I try to exercise regularly. I try not to over-mother my kids. I try not to bite my nails. I try to get a haircut at least twice a year. I try to watch my thoughts. I try to keep an open mind, and in that open mind I try to remember that there's some higher power much greater than me. I still have a lot of work to do.                      


    Insta: @karenrizzorizzo



    Joy Tutela

    David Black Literary Agency


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