Erika Krouse

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Erika Dawn Krouse (born March 28, 1969) is an American novelist and short story writer.[1] She is the author of two books of fiction, and her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Literary magazines, including Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and Story.

Early life and education[edit]

Krouse was born in Yonkers, New York, and grew up on the East Coast and Tokyo. She graduated with a BA from Grinnell College in 1991, and earned an MA from the University of Colorado in 1996.[1]


She began her writing career in poetry, and then switched to fiction because, as she reported in an interview, "I was an awful poet."[2]

Krouse's short story collection, Come Up and See Me Sometime (Scribner, 2001), won the Paterson Prize, was translated into six languages, was a New York Times Notable book of the year, and was described by New York Times Book Review critic Maria Russo as "[leaving] us with a feeling of unbounded, exhilarating possibility."[3][4][5] Her novel, Contenders,was published in 2015 (Rare Bird Books).[6][7]

Krouse served as a fiction judge for the 2005 Colorado Book Award and has reviewed for the New York Times Book Review. Her fiction and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies. Krouse currently lives in Boulder, Colorado, teaches fiction writing at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and works part-time as a private investigator.[8]

Awards and honors[edit]


  • Come Up and See Me Sometime (2001)[11][12]
  • Contenders (2015)[13]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Contemporary Authors Online". Biography in Context. Gale. 2002. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  2. ^ Hogan, Ron. "The Beatrice Interview: Erika Krouse". Beatrice. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  3. ^ Russo, Maria (July 1, 2001). "I Used to Be Snow White, but I Drifted". The New York Times Book Review. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Notable Books: Fiction". New York Times Book Review. December 2, 2001. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Mary Evans Inc: Awards and Bestsellers". Mary Evans Inc. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Contenders by Erika Krouse". Rare Bird Books. Rare Bird Books. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  7. ^ " Western Lit: Erika Krouse's Novel 'Contenders' Is Full of Welcome Surprises, Surprising Upheavals". CV Independent, 16 November 2015 Written by Jenny Shank
  8. ^ "Erika Krouse, MA". Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  9. ^ Hill, David (October 15, 2014). "Writing the rails: Boulder writer selected for Amtrak's first literary residency". Colorado Public Radio. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  10. ^ Whaley, Monte (October 4, 2014). "Boulder writer gets ready to ride the rails". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  11. ^ "COME UP AND SEE ME SOMETIME". Publishers Weekly.
  12. ^ "COME UP AND SEE ME SOMETIME". Kirkus Reviews.
  13. ^ "Boulder writer Erika Krouse pulls no punches with first novel, ‘Contenders". Colorado Public Radio, David Hill Apr 27, 2015.

External links[edit]