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Elizabeth Nicole Kadetsky

Elizabeth Nicole Kadetsky

Professor/creative writing (fiction and nonfiction)
Preferred Pronouns: she/her

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

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Spring 2024 Office Hours

Spring 2024: Thursdays 9am-12pm 305 Burrowes


MFA, Fiction, University of California at Irvine
MS, Journalism, Columbia University
BA, Latin American Studies and Journalism - University of California at Santa Cruz

Professional Bio

Elizabeth Kadetsky is the author of The Memory Eaters, winner of the Juniper Prize in Creative Nonfiction, a lyric memoir from U Mass Press (April 2020). She is also the author of a novella, On the Island at the Center of the Center of the World (Nouvella, 2015)--finalist for the CLMP firecracker award in fiction; a story collection, The Poison that Purifies You (C&R Press, 2014); 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, the St. James Centre for Creativity in Malta, and many other creative writing residencies. A three-time Fulbright scholar to India and a 30-year practitioner of Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga, she published her first book after researching and studying with the yogi BKS Iyengar in Pune, India. Recently, she has published a cover story in American Scholar magazine about a set of medieval mother goddesses stolen from a temple in rural Rajasthan. Her recent publications also include a long comic in Chicago Quarterly Review about an encounter with bats, and a lyric essay (forthcoming in summer 2024) in Colorado Review.  6She is nonfiction editor at New England Review.


Areas of Specialization

Contemporary Literature

Fiction and nonfiction creative writing workshop; the novel; the short story; the novella; the lyric essay; memoir; comics; 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, comics.