Elizabeth McCracken is the author of five books: Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry (stories), the novels The Giant's House and Niagara Falls All Over Again, the memoir An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, and a collection of stories Thunderstruck & Other Stories. She's received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Liguria Study Center, the American Academy in Berlin, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
She has taught creative writing at Western Michigan University, the University of Oregon, the University of Houston, and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. She holds the James A. Michener Chair in Fiction at the University of Texas, Austin. She is married to the novelist Edward Carey and they have two children.
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