Janice is available to Skype into your book club, service organization, or high school/college class. For more info, the email is Janice, and then there’s a period, and then Erlbaum, and then something about Gmail. Dot com. Please note: Replies sometimes take a day or two.


Janice Erlbaum is the author of two memoirs, GIRLBOMB (Villard 06) and HAVE YOU FOUND HER (Villard 08), and one novel, I, LIAR (Thought Catalog 2015). GIRLBOMB, the story of Erlbaum’s “halfway homeless” teenage years in New York City, has sold over 50,000 copies to date, and continues to win over new readers ten years after its publication. Her work has been featured in venues including xojane, The Rumpus, and McSweeneys.com, and in several anthologies of poetry and prose. Currently teaching writing to adults in her native New York City, Janice also speaks frequently to kids at public schools, in person or online, about writing, publishing, domestic violence, and teen homelessness.

Janice Erlbaum on Wikipedia: “The topic of this article may not meet Wikipedia’s notability guideline for biographies.”

Counterargument: Review of Girlbomb from the New York Times.

Recent Interviews

The Rumpus Interview by David Breithaupt: “I didn’t even notice the lack of men in the story until I finished it. But once I did notice it, I was kind of delighted. Apparently, my subconscious is totally sexist.”

An interview with Eyrn Loeb in Vela: “I feel a little bit like my ass is hanging out in the wind. But you know, whatever, my ass has been out there in the wind for a long time.”

After Ellen interview by Dana Piccoli: “I had a very intimate relationship with the character; I carried her around like a devil on my shoulder.”

Fiction.about.com interview: “I came across a news story about a “mommy blogger” who’d poisoned her son over many months so she could get attention and sympathy, and I felt this immediate anxiety – if I didn’t write a book about someone like her right away, some other writer was going to get to it first.”