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English Faculty — Elizabeth Cohen

Portrait of Elizabeth CohenAssociate Professor

Elizabeth Cohen is a multi-genre writer who holds a degree in poetry and creative writing from Columbia University where she studied with Sharon Olds, Cynthia McDonald, Brad Leithauser and J.D. McClatchy, among others. She is a published poet and memoirist, a twenty year veteran journalist and columnist, and the author of a book of short stories. She has been a visiting professor at Western Connecticut State University was appointed to the Philip and Eleanor Piaker Chair in Creative Writing a Judaic Studies at Binghamton University in 2003. Her memoir, The Family On Beartown Road, was a New York Times Notable book of the year and was excerpted by the Sunday Times of London, Reader's Digest, and other publications.


  • M.A. Temple University.
  • M.F.A. Columbia University, 1990.
  • B.A. University of New Mexico.

Teaching Areas

  • Creative writing.
  • Poetry.
  • Memoir.
  • Creative non-fiction.
  • Contemporary memoir.


  • The Family on Beartown Road, Random House, 2005 
  • The Scalpel and the Silver Bear, Bantam 1998 
  • The Hypothetical Girl, Other Press , 2013
  •  Impossible Furniture (poems), Nightshade Press, 1994 
  • Mother Love (poems), Keshet, 2007 
  • The Economist's Daughter (poems) Excited Utterance Imprints, 2011.
  • Bird Light (poems), Saint Julian Press, 2016
  • Impossible Furniture (poems) Potato Eyes Press, 1992
  • Essays and journalism in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Post, Glamour, Redbook, Family Circle and frequent contributor to SELF, among other publications. Poetry in Yale Review, Northwest Review, Connecticut River Review, Poet Lore, River Styx, Exquisite Corpse, and other literary publications as well as in Walk On the Wild Side: Poets write About Cities (Scribners, 1995) and other anthologies.


  • Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers (The Family on Beartown Road) 
  • New York Times Notable Book of the Year (The Family on Beartown Road) 
  • Columbia School of Journalism Certificate of Merit 
  • Associated Press Honorable Mentions 
  • Macdowell Colony Fellow 
  • Distinguished Visiting Poet, the Poetry Center, Paterson, New Jersey.
  • Adirondack Center for Writing, Best Fiction, 2014, The Hypothetical Girl

Contact Elizabeth Cohen

Office: Champlain Valley Hall 205
Phone: (518) 564-2428
Email: ecohe001@plattsburgh.edu