Elizabeth Denton

Assistant Professor

103 Dawson's Row

Office Hours: Fridays 2-5.
Class Schedule: Tuesday 5:00-7:30

Creative Writing


MFA Columbia University
BA St. Lawrence University


Kneeling on Rice, University of Missouri Press


  • "Magic Men" forthcoming, American Scholar, summer 2024
  • "Loud," lead story in The Massachusetts Review, Volume 56, Issue 2, summer 2015.
  • “Puck’s Here,” The Kenyon Review, spring 2015.
  • “Zeke’s Dead,” Blackbird, spring 2013.
  • “The Prisoner,” as part of Event of the Thread, performed/published at the Park Avenue Armory, New York City (Ann Hamilton, multi-media artist), December 2012 – January 2013.
  • “Monster in the Path,” as part of Mapping the Dark (Rosamund Casey, multi-media artist), Live Arts, spring 2011.
  • “Ask ZZ If You Don’t Believe Me,” spring 2009 Anniversary issue of the Massachusetts Review.
  • “Out of the Blue,” Massachusetts Review, spring 2007.
  • “The Birthday Party,” The Yale Review, July 2004.
  • “Lice,” Massachusetts Review, spring 2003.
  • "Taco Bell," Virginia Quarterly Review, 2003.
  • "Mick Jagger's Green-Eyed Daughter, The Yale Review, fall 2002.
  • "To Die For" (retitled "Single Mom"), The Kenyon Review, summer 2001.
  • Earlier stories appeared in Carolina QuarterlySou'westerKenyon Review, and Iris, among others. 


  • “Teacher,” commissioned by Nick Meyers and David Foster Productions, 2005. 
  • “Generations,” commissioned by Burnt Mountain Films, Spring 1993.

Awards, Prizes, Grants, Readings

  • Featured writer “Glimpsing the Glimpse,” Blackbird magazine, spring 2013.
  • Fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, ’06, ’07, ’08, ’09 ’10, ’11, ’12 and ‘13.
  • The Yale Review prize for the best story of the year, 2003.
  • Project grant from the Virginia Council for the Arts, 1996.
  • Project grant from the Virginia Council for the Arts, 1992.
  • Virginia Prize for Fiction, 1990.
  • Readings at:  Second Street Gallery, Barnes & Nobles, Virginia Festival of the Book, Politics and Prose (Washington D.C.), Harbour Front Festival (Toronto), St. Lawrence University, Columbia University, Hampden Sydney College, Mary Baldwin College, Hollins College, Randolph Macon University, James Madison University, UVa Bookstore, New Dominion Bookstore, Williams Corner Bookstore and others.