Lizzie Simon has an extensive background in the arts and was born into a family of arts enthusiasts. At the age of three, she appeared in the film “House of Mirth” with Geraldine Chaplin, after which she continued to perform, “retiring” from acting at fourteen to pursue academics. Her career in arts journalism began as head of the Arts Department at Columbia University’s WKCR 89.9 FM where she had a one hour weekly program called “Art Attack”. After graduation, Lizzie was the Creative Producer at the Flea Theater in Tribeca, producing over fourteen full-scale productions, fifty concerts and the works of over thirty choreographers. As a travel and culture writer, she has written about Japan, China, India, Argentina, Australia, Mexico, Cape Cod, Morocco, and the Caribbean. Lizzie is also the author of “Detour” which was published by Atria Books, excerpted in TIME Magazine and optioned by HBO and MTV. She lives in New York where she writes for the Greater New York section of the Wall St Journal, takes handstand classes, cooks, and plays tennis.