Beth Alvarado

Oregon, United States

Member Since: 12/13/2016

Beth Alvarado is the author of four books. Her essay collection Anxious Attachments won the Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction and was long listed for the 2020 PEN/Diamonstein-Spievogel Award for the Art of the Essay.  Her other books include: Jillian in the Borderlands: A Cycle of Rather Dark Tales (Black Lawrence Press, 2020), Anthropologies: A Family Memoir (University of Iowa, 2011) and Not a Matter of Love (Many Voices Prize, New Rivers Press, 2006).  Her essays and stories have been published in many fine journals including, The Sun, Guernica: An International Magazine of Politics and Art, Sonoran Review, Third Coast, The Southern Review, and Ploughshares. Three of her essays have been chosen as Notable by Best American Essays. She lived in Tucson, Arizona for most of her life and in 2016 moved to Oregon where she teaches for OSU-Cascades Low Residency MFA Program. She is a recipient of a 2020 Oregon Career Artist’s Fellowship.


Twitter Username: @bethfromtucson


  • Not A Matter of Love and other stories , New Rivers Press (September 2006)
  • Anthropologies: A Family Memoir , University of Iowa Press (September 2011)
  • Anxious Attachments , Autumn House Press (April 2019)
  • Jillian in the Borderlands: A Cycle of Rather Dark Tales , Black Lawrence Press (October 2020)


  • Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction(2020)
  • Oregon Career Artist's Fellowship(2020)


  • Senior Lecturer at English Department, University of Arizona (January 1990 - May 2014)
  • Core Faculty, Prose at OSU-Cascades, Low Residency MFA (August 2015 - )


  • Master of Arts in Literature from Stanford University (June 1985)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from University of Arizona (December 1989)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction