Elise Juska's novel, The Blessings, was released by Grand Central Publishing in Spring 2014. The book was selected for Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers series, featured on Entertainment Weekly's "Must List," and named one of the Philadelphia Inquirer's Best Books of 2014, among other distinctions. The paperback was released in May 2015.
Juska's short fiction has appeared in numerous publications including Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, Harvard Review, American Literary Review, Salmagundi, Black Warrior Review, The Seattle Review, Colorado Review, The Carolina Quarterly and The Hudson Review. She is recipient of the Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction from Ploughshares and her work has been cited as distinguished by The Best American Short Stories.
She is the author of three previous novels (Simon & Schuster)—One for Sorrow, Two for Joy; The Hazards of Sleeping Alone; and Getting Over Jack Wagner—and her nonfiction has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Good Housekeeping and elsewhere.
Elise earned her Master’s in Fiction Writing at the University of New Hampshire, where 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 teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she directs the undergraduate Creative Writing Program and is the recipient of the 2014 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.