About the Author
ELISE JUSKA's new novel, The Blessings, is forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing in May 2014. Her short stories have appeared in numerous publications including Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review. Harvard Review, American Literary Review, Salmagundi, Black Warrior Review, The Seattle Review, Colorado Review, The Carolina Quarterly and The Hudson Review. Her story "The Way I Saw The World Then," published in The Missouri Review, was cited as distinguished by The Best American Stories.
Elise is the author of three previous novels (Simon & Schuster): One for Sorrow, Two for Joy, Getting Over Jack Wagner, and The Hazards of Sleeping Alone. Her nonfiction has appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the anthology The Subway Chronicles: Scenes from Life in New York, Esquire.com and elsewhere. An essay about reading her grandparents' WWII love letters appeared in Good Housekeeping in February 2013.
Elise attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where she majored in English and won the Hawthorne and Sinkinson short story prizes. As a graduate student at the University of New Hampshire, she received the Tom Williams Memorial for fiction writing and the Charait Award for best short story. She has since taught fiction writing at The New School in NYC, in the MFA program at the University of New Hampshire, and at numerous summer writing conferences.
Elise spends summers writing on an island in Maine and the rest of the year teaching in Philadelphia, where she directs the undergraduate Creative Writing Program at the University of the Arts.