Elizabeth Tannen is a freelance writer, journalist, editor and teacher. She was born and raised in Brooklyn before it was cool.

Her work has appeared in places like NPRSalon,The RumpusThe Morning News, and Psychology Today. She writes the blog Dating in the Odyssey Years, and blogs for the Huffington Post. She has been awarded residencies by the New York Mills Arts Center  in Minnesota, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City.

Elizabeth currently resides in South Minneapolis, where she teaches creative writing with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop and at The Loft. She has also taught writing at The Creative Center in New York.

From 2005 to 2008, Elizabeth worked as an editor and producer for NPR’s flagship newsmagazine, All Things Considered. She attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, Macalester College in St. Paul and received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Elizabeth is presently working to revise her memoir, called Close (check out The Rumpus for excerpts)plug away at her first novel and write a weekly poem.

5 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello Ms. Tannen,
    I am a bit older then you but did what you are doing when it was not fashionable. I just released my book through Harper Collins You may enjoy the section I call “bag n’ tag” basically – no commitment dating. Did it for years and I salute you for going down this path. It’s tons of fun . Enjoy

  2. While dutifully avoiding my own graduate work–a duty unto myself in some absurd way I suppose–I stumbled on you 911 piece on npr.org, and then your blog. Also being single in my late 20′s, completely unsure of the future–the where and what of the next post-grad school decisions (that I have literally put off for years), the content of your blog was unsettlingly familiar. Especially given that I am in Albuquerque at the moment–hiding from the usual distractions of my life and finding cyber distractions instead. I should probably not be so stricken from a content perspective (being single and unsure is pretty common–I think) and I definitely need to return to the drudgery of my data analysis and even worse–writing–but, I guess I felt compelled to say something to you because it is so familiar. Not being a blogger, facebook participant or any of that I rarely encounter strangers that I relate to. Cyberspace is a place I only go in moments of desperate avoidance….a computing purgatory? Ok, maybe that is a bit too melodramatic. Regardless, thanks for writing your about experience. Reading your blog is oddly comforting, and if nothing else, it seems a great way to continue to develop your craft and gain exposure. Best of luck with grad school and beyond.


  3. As a sufferer of early twenties/post graduate syndrome, inclusive of the “unconventional” relationship (which, I will for sake of discussion, admit means a fling with a “good” friend who is probably a huge jackass…did I say that?), and the procrastination that feels too thick to see through to something, anything ahead, I find your blog. And BAM. Tears and tears and laughing and then more tears. I am so far behind you as far as my maturation is concerned, and somehow, it is both discouraging, and oddly comforting to know that this stark, “what the hell am I doing?”-ness is not an emotion that I am undergoing single handedly. The discovery of you came in a time where I am questioning my recent decision to drop everything and move across the country to pursue a career and a masters program in a field that has nothing to do with my undergraduate study, or the “dreams” I have been dishing to my parents for years. What I really want is to WRITE. You really spelled it out to me, and although I’m not really sure why that is, I still want to thank you. Your candor and humor are the real deal; I’m sure you won’t need it, but good luck to your in your career, I’m eager to read more. -Lauren

  4. Elizabeth,

    I have recently moved to New York Mills,

    I am writing a book, could I get you to read the Prologue and Chapter 1 for your feedback?

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