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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Elizabeth Graver

english department

Elizabeth Graver


B.A., Wesleyan University
M.F.A., Washington University

Stokes Hall S439
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467

Phone: 617-552-4154

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Academic Profile

Elizabeth Graver is co-director of the Creative Writing Concentration and teaches fiction and nonfiction writing workshops, including “Advanced Fiction Workshop,” “Writing About Place” and “Writing Across Cultures.” She teaches in the Core and offers contemporary literature electives, most recently with a focus on American immigrant literatures. She is the founder and organizer of Fiction Days and has brought many writers to campus, including Edwidge Danticat, Junot Diaz, Anne Enright, and Zadie Smith.

Elizabeth Graver is currently at work on a novel set in Turkey, Spain, Cuba, and New York, based on the Sephardic Jewish history of her family. Her fourth novel, The End of the Point, was long-listed for the 2013 National Book Award in fiction. Her other novels are Awake, The Honey Thief, and Unravelling. Her story collection, Have You Seen Me?, won the 1991 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories (1991, 2001); Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards (1994, 1996, 2001), The Pushcart Prize Anthology (2001), and Best American Essays (1998). She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Yaddo Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. For a detailed bibliography, please see her author’s website.