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Elise Juska

BSR Contributor Since June 11, 2024

Elise Juska (she/her) was the founding director of the creative writing program at the University of the Arts, where she taught for 24 years.

Elise Juska's new novel, Reunion, was published by HarperCollins in May. Her previous novels include If We Had Known and The Blessings, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and one of the Philadelphia Inquirer's Best Books of 2014. Juska’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review, Ploughshares, The Hudson Review, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the Alice Hoffman Prize from Ploughshares, and her short fiction has been cited by The Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize anthologies. She lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and son.

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The pillared exterior of Hamilton Hall from across Broad Street, with 100s of people gathered in front of it, many with signs

A University of the Arts professor speaks: “Knowing it’s the last time I’ll be here is unbearable.”

Students and faculty pledge to keep creating despite their school’s "unconscionable" demise

Philly novelist Elise Juska founded the creative writing program at UArts, where she taught for 24 years. She brings us inside her last days at the university, alongside her irrepressible students.
Elise Juska

Elise Juska

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