Elizabeth Kadetsky

Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer

New York, NY 10003

Author's Bio

A writer of fiction and nonfiction, I published my first book with Little Brown and Co., and it is now forthcoming in rEprint from Dzanc Books. My short stories and personal essays have appeared widely, in the New York Times, the Pushcart Prizes, Best New American Voices and many anthologies and journals. I teach fiction and creative nonfiction writing at Penn State.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Going Hungry (Anchor Books, 2008)
First There Is a Mountain (Little Brown, 2004)


Best New American Voices 2008 (Harcourt, 2007)
The Pushcart Prize XXIX: Best of the Small Presses (W. W. Norton & Company, 2004)
On the Island at the Center of the Center of the World (Nouvella, 2015)
The Poison that Purifies You (C&R Press, 2014)
Prizes won: 

Fulbright, Pushcart. two-time fellowship winner to MacDowell Colony, Djerassi Resident Artists program and Ucross Foundation. I have also won scholarships to the Breadloaf, Sewanee, Wesleyan and Squaw Valley writers conferences as well as to the Albee Foundation, VCCA, St, James Cavalier Centre in Valletta, Malta, Fundacion Valparaiso, Camargo Foundation, Fondacion La Napoule, and elsewhere.

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Tenth of December by George Saunders, This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz, Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen, Confessions of Zeno by Italo Svevo, Moll Flanders by Daniel DeFoe

More Information

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Fluent in: 
English, French, Spanish
Raised in: 
New York City, NY
New York
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Last update: Sep 29, 2015