Elizabeth Evans

Fiction Writer

Tucson, AZ
Arizona US

Author's Bio

ELIZABETH EVANS is the critically acclaimed author of six books of fiction, most recently the novel AS GOOD AS DEAD (Bloomsbury Books, 2015). Her two short story collections are SUICIDE’S GIRLFRIEND(Harper Collins) and LOCOMOTION (New Rivers). Her earlier novels are THE BLUE HOUR (Algonquin), ROWING IN EDEN (HarperCollins), and CARTER CLAY (HarperCollins). Recent short fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Cutthroat, and the anthology XO Orpheus, Fifty New Myths, edited by Kate Bernheimer. “Evans is a masterful storyteller,” writes National Book Award winner Bharati Mukherjee. “Simultaneously funny, menacing, and wise, AS GOOD AS DEAD is her finest novel to date. Charlotte, the fearless and loveably flawed narrator, will find a permanent place in American literature.” Of Evans’s Carter Clay, Pulitzer-prize winner Ann Patchett writes: "CARTER CLAY is thrilling in its enormous ambition and intelligence. Elizabeth Evans is a fearless writer. After reading this novel, I’m convinced that there’s nothing that she can’t do." “The Washington Post Book World” wrote of the novel THE BLUE HOUR: "THE BLUE HOUR is about the marketing and consumption of values and is very much a Great American Novel…one of those rare novels one finishes with the sense of having needed to read it." Of SUICIDE'S GIRLFRIEND, Robb Forman Dew wrote: "It scarcely seems possible that Elizabeth Evans can know all she does know about the world, and even more astonishing is her ability to navigate among so many sensibilities with ease and elegance. Her authority is brilliant and absolute, and her amazing tales are a therefore a great gift to any reader…another remarkable achievement by one of the best writers we have." In 2010, Evans received the Iowa Author Award. Her awards include two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the James Michener Fellowship, a Lila Wallace Award, and the Four Corners Award. She has been a fellow at MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the International Retreat for Writers at Hawthornden Castle, and other arts foundations. Evans received her MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop. Professor emeritus on the faculty of the Program in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona, Evans also does serves as guest writer at Queen’s University of Charlotte’s Low-Residence MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Publications & Prizes

As Good As Dead (Bloomsbury USA, 2015)
Suicide's Girlfriend (Harper Collins, 2002)
Rowing in Eden (Harper Collins, 2001)
Carter Clay (Harper Collins, 1999)
The Blue Hour (Algonquin Books, 1994)
Locomotion (New Rivers Press, 1986)
American Fiction
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Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Too many to name--Alice Munro, V.S. Naipaul, Charles Dickens, Anton Chekov, Henry James, Rivka Galchen, Joan Silber--on and on.
What I'm reading now: 
The Princess Casamassima by Henry James, The Complete Smoking Diaries by Simon Gray, My Phantoms by Gwendoline Riley, Motherhood by Sheila Heti

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Born in: 
Webster City, IA
Raised in: 
Mason City, IA
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Last update: Feb 04, 2024