Elizabeth Rollins

Class of 1990
Major/Minor: Liberal Arts and English

Raised in Virginia, Rollins began roaming in 1986, taking up residence in Maryland, Wyoming, North Carolina, and New Jersey.

Elizabeth Rollins’ debut collection of fiction, The Sin Eater & Other Stories, published by Queen’s Ferry Press, was released in February 2013.  Fellow WC alumni, Roy Kesey, writes of this collection, “The trapdoors in her stories are impeccably placed. Rollins knows all too well the beautiful, dangerous, bewildering human heart, and her stories live in the lulls between its beats.” Rollins has previously published work in ConjunctionsDrunken Boat, Green Mountains Review, The New England Review, Trickhouse, Tarpaulin Sky, Superstition Review, The Bellevue Literary Review, Washington College Magazine and elsewhere.  She is the author of The Sin Eater, Corvid Press, 2004.  She received a 2003 New Jersey Prose Fellowship, and a Special Mention in the 2007 Pushcart Prize Anthology.  She is the co-founder of the Curiosity Symposium. Rollins has written two novel manuscripts, Origin and Doctor Porchiat’s Dream.  

Rollins learned how to live like at writer at Washington College’s Literary House in the late 1980’s, and earned her MFA in prose from Goddard College in Vermont in 2001.  After this, she spent ten years teaching an independent series of Curious Creative Writing workshops in South Jersey, and as a teaching artist for the New Jersey Writer’s Project and Rutgers-Camden Visual Poetry Poetry Program, winning the 2007 NJ Governor’s medal for her work.  In August 2009, she moved to Tucson, Arizona with her husband, Ben Johnson, curator and a fine arts painter. Since arriving in Tucson, Rollins has joined the Board of Directors for Casa Libre en la Solana (a non-profit arts and letters enclave), an occasional reading editor for Kore Press, an instructor for fiction workshops at the University of Arizona Poetry Center, and full-time faculty at Pima Community College.  A long-time ambassador for the arts, Rollins is responsible for succoring, illuminating, and helping to develop the creative lives of many souls.

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