Elizabeth Zelvin

Poet, Fiction Writer

New York, NY

Author's Bio

Elizabeth Zelvin is the author of the Jewish historical Mendoza Family Saga and the Bruce Kohler mystery series, three dozen short stories, and two volumes of poetry. She is also a psychotherapist who works online and a singer-songwriter with an album titled Outrageous Older Woman.

Publications & Prizes


Me Too Short Stories: An Anthology (Level Best Books, 2019)
Where Crime Never Sleeps: Murder New York Style 4 (Level Best Books, 2017)
Voyage of Strangers (Lake Union Publishing, 2014)
Death Will Extend Your Vacation (Five Star, 2012)
Death Will Help You Leave Him (Minotaur Press, 2009)
Death Will Get You Sober (St. Martin's Press, 2008)
Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine


Sarah's Daughters Sing (K'Tav Publishing House, 1990)
Gifts & Secrets: Poems of the Therapeutic Relationship (New Rivers Press, 1999)
I Am the Daughter (New Rivers Press, 1981)
Home Planet News
Jewish Women's Literary Annual
Prizes won: 

CAPS Award for Poetry (New York State Council on the Arts), 1983

Finalist, Derringer Award for Best Short Story, 2011, 2015, 2017

Finalist, Agatha Award for Best Short Story, 2007, 2009, 2011

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American, Feminist, Jewish
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Born in: 
New York, NY
New York
Raised in: 
Queens, NY
New York
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Last update: May 03, 2019