Erika Krouse is the author of two books of fiction. Her novel, Contenders (Rare Bird Books), was a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and appears in German with Aufbau-Verlag. Her short story collection, Come Up and See Me Sometime (Scribner), won the Paterson Fiction Award, was a New York Times Notable Book of the year, and is translated into six languages.
Erika’s fiction has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Esquire.com, Ploughshares, One Story, The Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Iowa Review, Glimmer Train, Story, Boulevard, Crazyhorse, and Shenandoah. Her short stories have been shortlisted for Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart Prize. Erika has also published poetry and essays in magazines such as Granta.com, and reviewed for the New York Times Book Review.
Erika went to middle school and high school in Japan, and earned her B.A. from Grinnell College. She earned her M.A. in English Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she also taught creative writing classes. She teaches and mentors for the Lighthouse Book Project at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, and is a winner of the Lighthouse Beacon Award for Teaching Excellence. She has won fellowships and scholarships to the Longleaf Writers Workshop, Bread Loaf Writers Workshop, Sewanee Writers Workshop, and the inaugural Amtrak Residency; she will teach at the Himalayan Writers Retreat this spring. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, and is currently (and simultaneously) working on another novel, another short story collection, and a memoir, because she's insane.