Elisabeth is the author of "Wanderlust: A love affair with five continents" and "Bare: the naked truth about stripping." The New York Times Book Review called Wanderlust “a heady, headlong chronicle of a decade and a half spent adrift” and declared it a Notable Book, while The Washington Post called Bare “a first-rate, first-person work of social anthropology.” Her original one-hour television pilot BARE, inspired by her book of the same name, was a finalist in the 2019 Bigfoot Script Challenge.
Elisabeth’s writing has been anthologized in "This is the Place: women writing about home" (2017), "The Best American Travel Writing" (2009), "The Best Women’s Travel Writing" (2010), and Lonely Planet’s "A Moveable Feast." She has won three Lowell Thomas awards from the Society of American Travel Writers, and her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Forbes, Marie Claire, Slate, and many other publications.
Elisabeth is a contributing editor at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and on the steering committee of Mineral School, a writers’ residency in the foothills of Mount Rainier. A native of Vancouver who has lived and traveled all over the world, she lives in Seattle.
Unique traits: I'm a science writer with expertise in nuclear weapons, biosecurity, and marine biology.
BARE Drama Burnt out on lousy jobs and low pay, a recent college grad goes to work in a peep show, plunging her into a world of secrecy and wild characters. Being a naked-girl-in-a-box upends what she thought she knew about independence, boundaries, and feminism—and what she’s willing to do for money. An emotionally honest coming-of-age story set in 1990s Seattle, with strong resonance in the age of #MeToo.
Columbia University - School of International and Public Affairs
University of Washington