Erika Krouse

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


Photo credit: Kellye Eisworth

Photo credit: Kellye Eisworth

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 (forthcoming), and Story.  She has also published poetry and essays in magazines and anthologies, 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, will be published by Aufbau-Verlag in Germany this year, and was a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award

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Erika received her B.A. from Grinnell College, and her M.A. in English Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She currently mentors for the Lighthouse Book Project, is a faculty member at the Ashland University low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program, and works part time as a private investigator for Title IX and sexual assault cases. She 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, and recently won a 2014-15 Amtrak Residency. She is currently working on a novel and a short story collection.

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