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Farren, Elizabeth

Title/s:  Adjunct Professor


Elizabeth Farren was born and raised in New York City, and has been a resident in Rome, Italy for almost two decades. She received her BA in English from Columbia University, and her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. At Bennington, she worked with Amy Hempel and Christine Schutt. Her work has been published in 7 Stories from Rome {Anthology}, Prick of a Spindle, The 13th Warrior Review, Verso, and The Columbia Review. She was chosen by Mary Gaitskill as a finalist for the Summer Literary Seminars, and her novel, Don’t Tell Them You’re American was a finalist in the Evening House Press Grassic Short Novel Prize.

Elizabeth is interested in the creation of well structured, image focused prose. She believes, as William Carlos Williams’ prescribed almost one hundred years ago, “there are no ideas but in things.” If our reader can see our ideas, we can move and change them. She admires writing that values observations of the particular, and she appreciates the music of language. She fervently believes that the written word has the power to transform us into more empathic and open-minded humans. 


  • BA, English, Columbia University, New York
  • MFA, Fiction, Bennington College, Vermont

Research Interests

  • Creative Writing
  • English language modern and contemporary writing