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Lana Schwartz is a writer who was born and raised in New York City, where she continues to live today.

She's written for The New Yorker, The Hairpin, Vulture, Mental Floss, Above Average, The Toast, and has served a a contributor to StarWipe (a vertical of The Onion), The Hard Times, and The Whiskey Journal.

She was previously a writer for the sketch teams 17:38 and Deathbird, whose show HINT: A Murder Mystery enjoyed a run at UCB NY in 2017. Her half hour play, Single Dead Female - a take on the true crime boom - ran through the Dream Up Festival in summer 2018 and was selected as a New York Times Critic's Pick. 

Together with her high school best friend, Ilana Michelle Rubin, she regularly creates videos as one-half of Nanners Comedy. They also host the monthly variety show My Hometown, which recently celebrated its three-year anniversary at Union Hall. Additionally, their Annual Chanukahstravaganza regularly sells out and has been recommended by The New York Times, NBC's Listen Up, TimeOut, and more.

Lana's animated short, Bookbag Bottom, won the Jury Award at Quickie Fest V in June 2018.

Her book, Build Your Own Romantic Comedy: Pick Your Plot, Meet Your Man, and Direct Your Happily Ever After will be released by Ulysses Press on February 4, 2020. Pre-order it here.