Anna Lefler is an award-winning writer and humorist whose work has appeared online at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Big Jewel, Funny not Slutty, and My Pheme, among others. Her essays on modern motherhood have been nationally syndicated. She is the author of the comic novel Act Busy and recently completed her second, Doing Time in the Garden of Happiness. The Chicktionary: From A-Line to Z-Snap, the Words Every Woman Should Know is her first nonfiction book.
Anna has performed standup comedy in Los Angeles clubs including the Hollywood Improv, the Comedy Store, Room 5 Lounge, and M Bar. She presented her humorous essays at Women Who Write in Los Angeles and appeared in the “Listen to Your Mother” show in the Los Angeles cast of its national program. Anna’s fiction has been presented onstage by WordTheatre Los Angeles.
Anna writes the popular humor blog Life Just Keeps Getting Weirder, where she ponders what a Jedi smells like and wonders why more men don’t wear urban sport kilts. She has twice been asked to speak on the topic of comedy-writing at BlogHer, the world’s largest conference for women in social media, and is a 2011 BlogHer Voices of the Year Honoree.
Anna holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.A. in Communications Management from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communications. She has worked as a camp counselor, children’s shoe salesperson, professional carpet cleaner, nonprofit program director, and crisis communications consultant/spin doctor, but the skills she gained in the carpet-cleaning gig have proven to be the most valuable over time.
Anna lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband, their son and daughter, and some judgmental dogs.