Elise Blackwell (born July 18, 1964) is an American novelist, born in Austin, Texas and raised primarily in southern Louisiana. She studied creative writing at Louisiana State University before entering the MFA Program of the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of four novels: Hunger, The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish, Grub, and An Unfinished Score released in April 2010. Blackwell has also written short fiction and cultural criticism, that has appeared in such publications as Topic, Seed, Witness, Global City Review, and Quick Fiction. She is on the creative writing faculty of the University of South Carolina.