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About Me

bio (the serious one)

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 memoir, a book of short stories, and a co-authored book about the first Navajo woman surgeon. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia and recently retired from her position as a 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 book of poems, Martini Tattoo, was published in the fall of 2022 by Alien Buddha Press.

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, upstate New York, and the Cycladic island of Serifos, among other locales. She hosted  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.

With Samme Chittum, she is the editor of Mnemosyne, a nascent boutique publisher of fine memoirs by women. Mnemosyne is an imprint of Saint Julian Press, in Houston, Texas.

NYT Notable Book Author

Former Editor 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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