Liz Prato

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Liz Prato was born and raised in Denver, where the mountains are majestic, but everything else is brown and flat. In the Eighties, she sported a bleached blond faux-hawk and attended Lewis & Clark College. After college, she worked a series of McJobs (she sold toys, she baked croissants, she foamed milk. You get the picture), then worked as a nonprofit fundraiser, then became a massage therapist, then got serious about the craft of writing.

Liz's short story collection, Baby's on Fire (Press 53) was published in 2015. Her stories and essays have appeared in over two-dozen literary journals and magazines, including Hayden's Ferry Review, Carve, Iron Horse Literary Review, Hunger Mountain, and ZYZZYVA. She is the Editor at Large for Forest Avenue Press, where she edited the fiction anthology, The Night, and the Rain, and the River (2014). She has also guest-edited for VoiceCatcher and Prime Number Magazine.

A Tennessee Williams Scholar at the 2012 Sewanee Writers Conferece, and a frequent attendee of the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop, Liz has been privileged to study with Steve Almond, Aimee Bender, Charles D'Ambrosio, Anthony Doerr, Jim Shepard, and other talented authors.

Liz has been teaching writing since 2008, and presents at literary festivals and conferences across the country. Liz lives with her furry feline friends and her best friend/husband, who is a bookseller, musician, and writer in Portland, Oregon.

Liz Prato
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