About LyzLenz.com

Lenz Family 2014


My name is Lyz. I’m a writer, blogger, and digital and social media strategist. In addition to this fine site, I also write regularly for the Huffington Post and Mom.me.

My writing has appeared in New York Times Motherlode, The Butter, The Rumpus, The Toast, Aeon, The Guardian, Jezebel, The Hairpin,  Forbes, Real Weddings, AOL, Yahoo Shine and I’ve been syndicated on MSNBC and MSN Glo. My short stories have been published on Storyglossia and the Iowa Writes Project and one was just turned into a movie, which premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival.  (You can see clips of my work here.)

Oh, you mean personally…

I’ve been married for 10 years. And my husband and I live in a 90-year-old house that we love and fill with antique and garage sale finds. I love to run. I’ve run four half marathons in five years and my running helps me counteract my chicken nugget addiction. I have a uterus and I use it. I’m the mom to two small dragons.

This blog…

On this blog, I write about babies, cervices, and how much I hate the pants. The blog has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, and listed as Mom.me’s Top 50 Mom Blogs.

Links to some of my popular posts:

The book…

I’m currently working on a memoir in essays about faith, family and feminism. I am represented by Saba Sulaiman of Talcott Notch Agency. Should you be interested in the book, email her.

  • Scott Baltic

    Just read your essay at PSMag.com. It’s just a terrific piece, an insightful and vivid look into a specific mindset, especially compared with my own upbringing, in a much more mainstream part of Protestantism.
    Well done!

  • Steve Petty

    Lyz, I enjoyed your piece on rural church decline. We may think that Twitter and Facebook can keep us connected and in a community, but the electronic community lacks the full nurturing capacity of a good church potluck – and I’m not just talking about calorie counts. There is a loss in the fabric of our lives when we fail to connect in a community. Churches did that, some still do, but for many it is a lost thread that weakens the whole. Well written, thoughtful and insightful, well done! Thank you.

  • tori

    I just read your story fall from Grace. And from an Iowa girl, I just wish you had looked for people in Iowa City! I hope to read more of your stuff. Best wishes and I’m glad you found your way out of the isolation that can happen in rural Iowa.

  • tori

    forgive my grammar! It’s late and I’m not thinking…

  • K-Storm

    You should add, “I say idiotic things, like someone who buys a gun is worse than the person who used it.”