Elizabeth Kadetsky is the author of two books of fiction-a novella (On the Island at the Center of the Center of the World, Nouvella, 2015), and a story collection (The Poison that Purifies You, C&R Press, 2014)-as well as 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 Best American Short Stories notable stories, and her personal essays have appeared in the New York Times, Guernica, Santa Monica Review, Antioch Review, Post Road, Agni, and elsewhere.
She has traveled extensively and can utter phrases convincingly in Spanish, French, Italian, Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Malti, and Portuguese. She has traveled to Guatemala as a journalist covering the underground adoption trade for the Village Voice, to Southern Mexico covering the war in Chiapas for The Nation, to Malta as a creative writing fellow at the St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, and to Spain and France as a fellow in the arts at Camargo Foundation, Funadción Valparaiso, Fondation La Napoule, and elsewhere. She studied Arabic in Fez, Morocco, and in Cairo as a research scholar at the Center for Forced Migration Studies at American University in Cairo, and she was a Fulbright fellow to India in creative writing. Her experiences in India became the subject of her first memoir, published with Little, Brown in 2004 and scheduled for rEprint with Dzanc Books. Her undergraduate degree, from University of California at Santa Cruz, is in Latin American Studies, while she holds an MS in journalism from Columbia University and an MFA in fiction from UC Irvine. She is associate professor of fiction and nonfiction at Penn State.