Elizabeth Austen

Washington, United States

Elizabeth Austen is the author of Every Dress a Decision (Blue Begonia Press, 2011), which was a finalist for the 2012 Washington State Book Award. She has also published two chapbooks, The Girl Who Goes Alone (Floating Bridge Press, 2010), Where Currents Meet (Toadlily Press, 2010) and an audio CD of poems, skin prayers (2006).

Her poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac and Verse Daily, in journals including the Los Angeles Review, Bellingham Review and Willow Springs, and in anthologies including Alive at the Center, A Face to Meet the Faces and What to Read in the Rain.

Austen is the literary producer for Seattle's NPR-affiliate KUOW 94.9, public radio. Her poetry commentary and interviews are available at kuow.org.

She is a dynamic performer of her own and others’ poems, and has been featured at Poets' House, the Skagit River Poetry Festival, Richard Hugo House Literary Series, and Bumbershoot, among other performance venues. She served as the 2007 Washington state “roadshow poet.” 

Her work has been supported by grants from 4Culture, CityArtists and Artists Trust/GAP, and with residencies at Hedgebrook, Artsmith and the Whiteley Center. She teaches regularly at Richard Hugo House, and makes her living at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she also offers poetry and reflective writing workshops for staff and physicians. She has an MFA in poetry from Antioch University Los Angeles.



Website: http://elizabethausten.wordpress.com


  • Every Dress a Decision , Blue Begonia Press (April 2011)
  • Sightline: Where Currents Meet , Toadlily Press (November 2010)
  • The Girl Who Goes Alone , Floating Bridge Press (May 2010)
  • skin prayers (audio CD) , Elizabeth Austen (2006)


  • Finalist, Washington State Book Award(2012)
  • Winner, Toadlily Press Chapbook Award(2010)


  • Literary Producer at KUOW, 94.9 public radio (2000 - )


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre: Acting from Southern Methodist University (May 1987)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Poetry from Antioch University Los Angeles (June 2001)

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