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Elizabeth Cohen is a writer, editor, journalist, mama, and dog person who hails from New Mexico. She is the author of five books of poetry, a celebrated memoir, a book of short stories, and a co-authored book of essays with Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, the first Navajo woman surgeon. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia and recently retired from her position as an associate professor of English from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh to work on her writing and as a full-time book coach. Her newest books of poems, Wonder Electric (Kelsay Books) and Martini Tattoo, (Alien Buddha Press) were published in the fall of 2022. Her forthcoming book of poetry, Mermaids of Albuquerque, will come out in the summer of 2024.

A writing coach with dozens of clients, Elizabeth offers one-to-one editing and coaching services, mini workshops and bi-annual retreats in such places as Jalisco, Mexico; Vieques, Puerto Rico; Park City, Utah; Santa Fe, New Mexico, and upstate New York, among other locales. She hosted  a memoir retreat in 2023 at Ojo Caliente Santa Fe NM, and co-hosted retreats with the writer and artist Miriam Garcia in the summer of 2019 and fall of 2022, at the La Canada ranch in Jalisco, Mexico. This fall, she is collaborating with Monique Antonette Lewis to take writers to Bordeaux, France!

She serves on the editorial board of Mnemosyne, a boutique publisher of memoirs by women, an imprint of Saint Julian Press, in Houston, Texas, on the board and as an editor for High Desert Haint, a Santa Fe publisher, and served on the board of the North Star Museum of the Underground Railroad, among other associations.

She loves books and writing them. She loves a tough freelance journalism assignment she can dig into. She likes to draw, although she is pretty bad at it. She loves to go to far flung places and then write about them.

She stands for things. Fair pay, equal rights, queer and trans rights, diversity, feminism,  preserving the natural places of the planet.

She volunteers at Barrett House, a women's shelter in Albuquerque where she runs writing workshops. She works with special needs children in the Albuquerque Public Schools.


She loves dogs. She loves horses.  She loves toast.

That about covers it.


NYT Notable Book Author

Former Editor of Saranac Review

SUNY Plattsburgh Professor

Saint Julian Press 

Kelsay Books

Alien Buddha Press

Gotham Writers Workshops
Book Reviewer (American Book Review, @theinkwell)
MacDowell Fellow
Columbia University MFA
Magna Cum Laude,

Oprah Magazine Book-of-the-Week

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