Elizabeth Oness lived in Washington D.C. from 1984 to 1992, and she still considers D.C. the place where she received a real education in poetry. Her poems and stories have appeared in The Hudson Review, Crazyhorse, Glimmer Train, The Georgia Review and The Gettysburg Review. She has B.A. in English from James Madison University, an MFA in poetry from the University of Maryland, and a PhD in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Her books of fiction include Articles of Faith, Departures, Twelve Rivers of the Body, (set in D.C. and winner of the Gival Press Novel Award) and Leaving Milan. Her chapbooks of poems include: In the Blue Before Night and Sure Knowledge. A book of poems, Fallibility, was selected by New Rivers Press for the Many Voices Prize and was published in October 2009. She is a professor of English at Winona State University and directs marketing and development for Sutton Hoo Press, a literary fine press, and lives in rural Minnesota.