Erika Krouse

Official website for Erika Krouse, author of Contenders and Come Up and See Me Sometime.


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,, 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, and reviewed for the New York Times Book Review.

Two new books are forthcoming with Flatiron Books (Macmillan): Tell Me Everything: Memoir of a Private Eye, and Save Me (a collection of short stories). Tell Me Everything was optioned by Playground Entertainment for TV adaptation. Publication dates for both books TBA.

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 taught at The Himalayan Writers Retreat in Uttarakhand, India, and teaches yearly at the Grand Lake Retreat in Grand Lake, Colorado. She has won fellowships and scholarships to the Longleaf Writers Workshop, Bread Loaf Writers Workshop, Sewanee Writers Workshop, and the inaugural Amtrak Residency. Erika lives in Boulder, Colorado.


Erika Krouse is a unique and fearless writer, I love her work.
—Bob Shacochis