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Best-selling author to visit Lakeland campus

Best-selling author to visit Lakeland campus


Best-selling author to visit Lakeland campus

National best-selling author Lyz Lenz will appear at Lakeland University on Tuesday, March 26, for two events, both of which are free and open to all.

Lenz will deliver a talk entitled “Writing in an Age of Despair” from 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in Lakeland’s Bradley Theatre. Later, she will do a reading as part of an open mic event from 5-6:15 p.m. in Room 209 in Lakeland’s Laun Center.

In her latest book, “This American Ex-Wife,” which was an instant New York Times best-seller, Lenz makes an argument for the advantages of getting divorced, framing it as a practical and effective solution for women to take back the power they are owed.

Weaving reportage with sociological research and literature with popular culture along with personal stories of coming together and breaking up, Lenz creates a kaleidoscopic and poignant portrait of American marriage today.

She is the host of the This American Ex-Wife podcast. She made a recent appearance on the Today Show to discuss the book, her third.

Her book “God Land” was published in 2019, through Indiana University Press. Her second book, “Belabored,” was published in 2020 by Bold Type Books. Lyz’s essay “All the Angry Women” was also included in the anthology “Not that Bad” edited by Roxane Gay.

Lenz’s writing has appeared in The Washington Post, the Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times and others. She received her MFA in creative writing from Lesley University. She lives in Iowa with her two kids and two dogs. She writes a regular newsletter, “Men Yell At Me,” where she explores the intersection of politics and our bodies in red-state America.

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