ELLEN LITMAN grew up in Moscow, Russia, where she lived until 1992.
After her family immigrated to the United States, she studied computers at
the University of Pittsburgh and after graduation spent the next six years
working as a software developer in Baltimore and Boston. She took her first
writing class in the fall of in 1998. Three years later, she left
Information Technology and went off to Syracuse to study writing. Since
then, she's been writing and teaching.
Her fiction won first prize in the Atlantic Monthly
2003 Fiction Contest, and she's been awarded 2006 Rona Jaffe
Foundation Writers' Award, as well as fiction fellowships at the University
of Wisconsin-Madison and the Fine Arts
Center in Provincetown and scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers'
Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Best
New American Voices 2007, Best of Tin House, Ontario Review, Triquarterly,
Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She is now an Assistant Professor and
the Associate Director of Creative Writing at the University of