Elise Juska

Creative Writing (BFA)

 In elegant, gripping prose, IF WE HAD KNOWN offers a startling and empathetic look at the humanity behind the all-too-frequent headlines. Juska has produced that rarest and best kind of literature--a page-turner with a message and a heart.

- Darin Strauss, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Half A Life

Ellie Juska is an Associate Professor and director of the BFA in Creative Writing program. Her novel, The Blessings, was selected for Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers series, Entertainment Weekly's "Must List," and The Philadelphia Inquirer's Best Books of 2014, among other distinctions. Her new novel, If We Had Known, will be published in April 2018.

Ellie's short fiction and nonfiction have been widely published in journals and magazines. She is the recipient of the Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction from Ploughshares and her work has been cited as distinguished by The Best American Short Stories.

Ellie received the 2014 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. She also serves as faculty advisor for the University's student literary magazine, Underground Pool.

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