Caren Lissner

Caren Lissner is an American novelist, essayist, and newspaper editor. Her published novels include Carrie Pilby (2003) and Starting from Square Two (2004).

Early life

Caren Lissner was born on February 13, 1973 in Elizabeth, New Jersey.[1][2] She grew up in Freehold Township, New Jersey, and attended Laura Donovan School and Barkalow Middle School.[3] She graduated from Cedar Ridge High School in Old Bridge Township, New Jersey.[4] She holds a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, which she attended from 1989 to 1993. While there, she wrote for the student newspaper, the Daily Pennsylvanian,[5] and was a member of the Philomathean Society.


Lissner has published essays, articles, and satire in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Atlantic, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency. She is editor-in-chief of the Hudson Reporter group of newspapers based in Hoboken, New Jersey. Her novel Carrie Pilby was re-released July 1, 2010, by Harlequin Teen and was made into an independent film of the same name starring Bel Powley and Nathan Lane.[6] The film debuted in theaters in March 2017, and was released to Netflix in September 2017.


  1. Melissa. "Birthdays in February". Retrieved 2019-07-08.
  2. "Local Author Watches Her Novel Come to Life". New Jersey Monthly. 2016-09-14. Retrieved 2019-07-08.
  3. Celano, Claire Marie (July 30, 2003). "Young author offers tips to audience at workshop: Caren Lissner says love of writing should be first ingredient toward success" Archived 2006-03-26 at the Wayback Machine. News Transcript. Accessed August 25, 2008. "Lissner, 31, grew up in Freehold Township and attended the Laura Donovan School and the Barkalow Middle School.... She later graduated from high school in Old Bridge."
  4. Dougher, Jamie. "Local writer will share her experiences, advice", Suburban News, July 3, 2003. Accessed November 7, 2017. "Caren Lissner, a former Old Bridge resident and graduate of Cedar Ridge High School, recently wrote what critics are calling 'the anti-chick-lit novel.'"
  5. Steinberg, Becki (June 10, 2010). "College alumnus to re-release lauded novel". The Daily Pennsylvanian. Accessed 13 June 2010.
  6. Ford, Rebecca (December 17, 2015). "Nathan Lane, Gabriel Byrne, William Moseley Join Bel Powley in 'Carrie Pilby' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter"'. Accessed July 24, 2016.
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