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Elizabeth Black Bio
Elizabeth Black


Winner of the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Literary Award, 2004

Winner of the 2002 Third Annual Three Oaks Prize in Fiction,
selected from more than 900 entries.

Finalist in the 2002 William Faulkner Novel Competition.

Born in Dodge City, Kansas, the author of Buffalo Spirits has survived two tornadoes, one rattlesnake bite, and too many dust storms to count. At the University of Kansas, she studied creative writing with esteemed professor Edgar Wolfe and in 1968 she earned the University's top creative writing award for her short stories. In 1970, Elizabeth studied Modern English Literature at the University of London.

Between 1971 and 1985, Elizabeth Black wrote for a variety of publications, including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Daily News, Chicago Magazine, Mademoiselle, Playboy and Cosmopolitan. From 1975-1977, she was co-editor of Chicago Monthly magazine. Elizabeth co-authored a healthcare book (Harper & Row, 1983).

During the 80s and 90s, Elizabeth pursued a second career in art direction and graphic design, serving as art director of a number of magazines including Great American Pace, OS2 Professional and Biomechanics Magazine. She won a Folio Award for Art Direction in 1995 for Biomechanics Magazine. During those years she also continued to publish articles in a variety of magazines, and edited Stride, a quarterly women's health magazine.

In 1999, Elizabeth left graphic design to resume her writing career full time, producing the novel Buffalo Spirits, a project she had long envisioned. The novel was named a finalist in the William Faulkner Novel Competition in 2002, was awarded the 2002 Three Oaks Prize in Fiction, and has won the Helene Wurlitzer Award. Buffalo Spirits is published by Story Line Press, Spring 2004.

Elizabeth is currently at work on Amber Waves, a book detailing the migration of the Russian Mennonites to the American prairies in 1874.

Elizabeth resides in the Washington DC area.


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