MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2016
Elisabeth Dahl writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry alike. Occasionally, she also illustrates her work with line drawings or photographs. Her writing has appeared in various print and online outlets, such as NPR.org, The Johns Hopkins Magazine, OZY, Necessary Fiction, The Little Patuxent Review, and Post Road. In 2013, her first book, an illustrated realistic novel for children ages 8-12 entitled Genie Wishes, was published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS. The Maryland Center for the Book selected the novel to represent Maryland on the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival's "Great Reads About Great Places" list. Elisabeth's writing for adults has received recognition from the Maryland Writers Association, the Mark Twain House and Museum's Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest, Glimmer Train, and other entities.
Born in Baltimore, Elisabeth studied literature and writing at Brown, then Johns Hopkins (B.A English, Phi Beta Kappa), then Georgetown (M.A. English, Writing Center Associate Fellow). She spent years as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader in Washington, D.C., and the San Francisco Bay Area. Now she lives back in Baltimore with her family. Along with her freelance writing and editing work, she teaches writing for Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth.