Elizabeth Greenwood grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is currently at work on a book about people who have faked their deaths, entitled PLAYING DEAD: The Art and Folly of Pseudocide, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster. An editor-at-large at The New Inquiry, her work has appeared in The Believer, Guernica, The Hairpin, Dissent andPoets & Writers and in the digital editions of Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Al Jazeera America, and The New Yorker.
She has been a writer-in-residence at the Macdowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation. Omi Ledig House, the Edward Albee Foundation, ArtFarm Nebraska, the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts and the Norman Mailer Center. She teaches in the writing program at Columbia University. Her leisure time pursuits include reality television viewing, eavesdropping, and plotting revenge.