Elinor Benedict

Elinor Benedict

Elinor Benedict grew up in the mountains of East Tennessee, graduated from Duke University, later earned her M.A. from Wright State University, and even later — in her fifties — took an M.F.A. at Vermont College.

She has published five chapbooks and a collection, All That Divides Us, which won the May Swenson Award from Utah State University Press in 2000. She has also published short stories and reviews. Her work appears in magazines such as Poetry, Shenandoah, Indiana Review, Florida Review, and Image.

She has worked part-time as a journalist, teacher, and founding editor of Passages North. Now she and her husband Sam spend their time in the wilds of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Lower Florida. They like fishing and traveling, often with their three grown children and seven grandchildren.


Duke University, B.A. in English
Summa cum laude, 1953

Wright State University (Ohio), M.A. in English
University Fellowship, 1977

Vermont College, M.F.A. in Writing, 1983