Elisabeth Sharp McKetta grew up in Austin, Texas and now lives in Boise, Idaho. She is a well-loved storyteller and the author of four books: The Fairy Tales Mammals Tell (2013), described by novelist Ben Fountain as a collection of “wise, unflinching poems”; The Creative Year: 52 Workshops for Writers (2014), praised as a guidebook that “will make everyone want to write”; Poetry for Strangers (2015), a collection of fifty poems inspired from words given by strangers; and Fear of the Deep (2016), an atmospheric collaboration with artist Troy Passey. A fifth book, Energy: The Life of John J. McKetta, Jr., is forthcoming from University of Texas Press in 2017.
Elisabeth has literature degrees from Harvard, Georgetown, and the University of Texas at Austin. She wrote a PhD dissertation on the intersections between memoir and myth, a concept that now informs her teaching. She teaches writing at Harvard Extension School and also through private workshops.
Elisabeth lives with her husband, two children, and two Labradors. She enjoys hiking, reading, cooking, making new friends and drinking tea with old friends.