Elise Levine, MFA

Hometown: Toronto, ON
Joined Chatham: 2012


Short Fiction, The Novel, Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Contemporary North American and Global Fiction


Strange experimental music, hiking and urban walking, futilely trying to avoid having her dog hypnotize her into doing his bidding


Elise Levine is the author of the forthcoming novella collection Say This, the recent story collection This Wicked Tongue, the novels Blue Field and Requests and Dedications, and the story collection Driving Men Mad. Her work including personal essays and poetry has also appeared in PloughsharesThe Gettysburg Review, Blackbird, and Best Canadian Stories, among many other publications. In addition to teaching in the MFA program at Chatham, she has taught creative writing in the MFA program at American University, and Johns Hopkins University, where she directed the MA in Writing program. She lives in Baltimore, MD. 


  • MFA, Fiction, Vermont College of Fine Arts. 2008
  • BA, English and Philosophy, University of Toronto. 1986


  • Acquisition of personal papers (“The Elise Levine Papers”) by the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, 2019
  • Willapa Bay AiR, Residency Fellowship, 2016
  • Ledig International Writers’ House, Residency Fellowship, 2006
  • Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant, 2006
  • Ucross Foundation, Residency Fellowship, 2006
  • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Residency Fellowship, 2006
  • Ragdale Foundation, Residency Fellowship, 2006
  • Yaddo, Eli Cantor (Endowed) Residency Fellowship, 2005
  • Leighton Studios/Banff Centre for the Arts, Residency Fellowship, 2005
  • Canadian National Magazine Award, Honorable Mention, Fiction Category, 2004
  • Canada Council for the Arts, Grant for Writers, 2004
  • Canada Council for the Arts, Grant for Writers, 1998
  • MacDowell Colony, Residency Fellowship (Peterborough, NH), 1998
  • Canada Council for the Arts, Short-Term Grant, 1997
  • Toronto Arts Council, Grant for Writers, 1997
  • Ontario Arts Council, Writers’ Reserve Grants (3), 1993 - 1996
  • Canada Council for the Arts, ‘B’ Grant, 1996
  • MacDowell Colony, Residency Fellowship, 1996


  • Say This (linked novella collection), Biblioasis, forthcoming Mar. 2022
  • This Wicked Tongue (story collection), Biblioasis, 2019
  • Blue Field (novel), Biblioasis, 2017
  • Requests and Dedications (novel), Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2003
  • Reissued as an Emblem Edition, McClelland & Stewart, 2005
  • Driving Men Mad (story collection), Erin Mills: Porcupine’s Quill, 1995
  • Reissue forthcoming as a ReSet Series book, Biblioasis, 2022
  • Reissued as an Emblem Edition, McClelland & Stewart, 2003
  • Fare impazzire gli uomi (Italian translation). Ed. Marina Coslovi. Venice, IT: Supernova, 2006