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Elizabeth Nicole Kadetsky

Associate professor/creative writing (fiction and nonfiction)

305 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

University Park , PA 16802

Office Hours:

  • Spring 2019:
  • Thurs 1:30pm-2:30pm
  • Tues 11am-12pm (except 1/22)
  • and by appointment


  1. MFA, Fiction, University of California at Irvine
  2. MS, Journalism, Columbia University
  3. BA, Latin American Studies and Spanish; and Journalism - University of California at Santa Cruz

Professional Bio

Elizabeth Kadetsky is the author of a story collection, The Poison that Purifies You (C&R Press, 2014); a novella, On the Island at the Center of the Center of the World (Nouvella, 2015); and a memoir, First There Is a Mountain (Little Brown, 2004). Her short stories have been chosen for a Pushcart Prize, Best New American Voices, and two Best American Short Stories notable citations, and her personal essays have appeared in the New York Times, Santa Monica Review, Antioch Review and elsewhere. She has been a fellow at MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation, Djerassi Resident Artists Program and the St. James Centre for Creativity in Malta. A 30-year practitioner of Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga, she lived in India as a Fulbright scholar and wrote a memoir about her studies with the yogi BKS Iyengar.

Areas of Specialization

Contemporary Literature
Fiction and nonfiction creative writing workshop; the novel; the short story; the novella; the lyric essay; memoir, the nonfiction novel, writers on writing; authorship, ownership and literary license; the international short story; what is creative nonfiction?
Creative Writing
Nonfiction and Fiction: personal essay, the short story, lyric essay, memoir, autobiography
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