Eliza grew up on an educational farm in Western Massachusetts, The Farm School, and was milking cows before she could read. Then she picked up a book and started reading everything (and everywhere) she could. She majored in English at Bard College, where she won several awards for her academic work. After years spent reading books indoors, Eliza returned to the farm and spent a year learning how to fell trees and plant tomatoes. She is now a PhD Candidate in English at Harvard, where she studies nineteenth-century literature and the history of the novel.
Eliza has been teaching for the past five years. She has won four teaching awards, and has worked with students on many different kinds of writing projects: from creative fan-fiction assignments, to short close-readings, to personal statements, to first college papers, to award-winning senior theses that take a year of research and writing and revision. Outside of the classroom Eliza has worked with students at the Farm School for nine summers, teaching them how to milk cows and cut down trees. Eliza loves working with writers to refine and strengthen their own work, especially with admissions essays.
When she is not teaching or writing, you can find her working in her community garden plot, swimming at Walden, or reading nineteenth-century novels.