Eula Biss

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Eula Biss
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OccupationAuthor, Professor
Alma materHampshire College;
University of Iowa
Notable awardsCarl Sandburg Literary Award,
SpouseJohn Bresland

Eula Biss (born circa 1977[1]) is an American non-fiction writer.

She won the Carl Sandburg Literary Award,[2] the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.[3] She is a Guggenheim Fellow. She is an editor at Essay Press.[4]


After earning a bachelor's degree in non-fiction writing from Hampshire College, Biss moved to Iowa City, where she went on to complete her MFA in the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program.

Biss teaches at Northwestern University.[5]

An artist in residence at Northwestern, Biss is also the author of two books and the founder of Essay Press.[6] Her second book, Notes from No Man's Land, won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. In March 2010, Notes from No Man's Land won the National Book Critics Circle Award in the criticism category. Her third book, On Immunity: An Inoculation, was one of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2014[7] and was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award (Criticism).[8]

Biss lives in Evanston, Illinois. She is married to John Bresland, and they have a son, Juneau.[9] Biss and Bresland are also in a band called STET Everything.[10]


  • On Immunity: An Inoculation, Graywolf Press, 2014, ISBN 978-1-55597-689-7
  • Notes from No Man's Land, Graywolf Press, 2009, ISBN 978-1-55597-518-0
  • The Balloonists, Hanging Loose Press, 2002, ISBN 978-1-931236-07-2




  1. ^ "Eula Biss BIO". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. 2011. Archived from the original on 22 January 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2015. With The Balloonists (2002), then 25-year-old Eula Biss ...
  2. ^ "Toni Morrison, Eula Biss Receive Carl Sandburg Literary Awards", American Libraries, October 21, 2010.
  3. ^ Pat Vaughan Tremmel, "Eula Biss Wins National Book Critics Circle Award", Northwestern University, March 12, 2010.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2011-05-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Eula Biss biography, Department of English, Northwestern University.
  6. ^ About Eula Biss.
  7. ^ Parul Sehgal, "Ripple Effects" (review), The New York Times, October. 3, 2014.
  8. ^ "National Book Critics Circle Announces Finalists for Publishing Year 2014". National Book Critics Circle. January 19, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  9. ^ Time Out Chicago Issue 208. February 19–25, 2009
  10. ^ Nichole L. Reber, "'I saw myself as writing for a certain kind of optimism': In Converstion With Eula Biss", [sic] Late Night Library, September 29, 2014.

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