Erika Krouse

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


Erika Krouse is a fiction writer living in Boulder, Colorado. Her short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, One Story, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, Glimmer Train,, The Kenyon Review, CrazyhorseBoulevard, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Story, and is forthcoming in The Iowa Review.  Erika has also published poetry and essays in magazines such as, and reviewed for the New York Times Book Review.

Erika's collection of short stories, Come Up and See Me Sometime (Scribner), won the Paterson Fiction Award, was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of the year, and has been translated into six languages. Erika's new novel, Contenders, was published by Rare Bird Books in 2015, and Aufbau-Verlag in Germany in 2016, and was a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award.

Erika went to 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. She mentors for the Lighthouse Book Project, and works part time as a private investigator for Title IX and sexual assault cases. Erika is the 2014 winner of the Lighthouse Beacon Award for teaching excellence. She is a recipient of scholarships to the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers' Conferences, a fiction fellowship to the Longleaf Writers Conference, and she won the inaugural 2014-15 Amtrak Residency. She is currently (and simultaneously) working on a novel, a short story collection, and a book of creative nonfiction, because she's insane.

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