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Alice Elliott Dark

Alice Elliott Dark grew up outside of Philadelphia. She began writing and illustrating as a child, and spent her teenage years writing poetry by candlelight and position papers for the school newspaper during her classes. She was a Chinese major at the University of Pennsylvania, and attended Antioch's writing program, where she wrote a thesis in poetry called This Is My Gun, Clyde--a line borrowed from a Clint Eastwood movie.

Her first book, Naked to the Waist, was a collection of short stories and novellas published in 1991. Another collection, In The Gloaming, came out in 1998, and was widely reviewed and chosen for many year end book lists.  Think of England, a novel, was published in 2002, and was a year end pick by many newspapers. Her work has appeared in, among others, The New Yorker, Harper’s, Redbook, DoubleTake, Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, Best American Short Stories of the Century (selected by John Updike), several academic textbooks, and has been translated into many languages. In the Gloaming, a story, was made into films by HBO and Trinity Playhouse. Watch the Animals was chosen by Sherman Alexie for Selected Shorts. Her non-fiction reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post; Harper’s Bazaar; and many anthologies. She is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and has been awarded Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowships for residencies at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has taught classes in writing for twenty years.

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