Elisabeth Brink grew up in Boston, graduated from Brown University, and lived for six years in the rural midwest, where she was an editor at Cricket, the Magazine for Children. She went on to work as a technical editor, a high-tech marketing director, a product manager, an advertising copywriter, and a halfway house counselor before enrolling at Brandeis to study American Literature. A recipient of several fellowships, including the Fellowship for Graduate Research on Women, she published a series of articles about fairy tale heroines before receiving her PhD in 1993. Since then, she has taught writing and literature at Harvard, Tufts, and Boston College. Her essays and stories have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Manoa, The Fiddlehead, Orchid, and other publications. Her fiction has garnered fellowships in Prague and St. Petersburg and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the late Andre Dubus. She lives with her husband and two children in Newburyport, Massachusetts.