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I write for both adults and children. My first book, GENIE WISHES, a middle-grade novel with line drawings, was published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, in 2013. My shorter pieces for adults--fiction, essays, poems, humor pieces, and the like--have appeared in various places, including, The Rumpus, the Johns Hopkins Magazine, Necessary Fiction, and Post Road. In 2016, I was awarded an Individual Artist Award in fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Born in Baltimore, I studied literature and writing at Brown, then Hopkins (B.A. English, Phi Beta Kappa), then Georgetown (M.A. English, Writing Center Associate Fellow). I spent years as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader in Washington, DC, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Now I live back in Baltimore with my family, including my 17-year-old son, Jackson. I still edit and write, but I also teach writing through Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth.

Some interviews I've given:

For the Baltimore Sun, August 2014

At Me, Me Shelf, and I (a list, not an interview, but still...), December 2013

On the Maryland Morning program of WYPR, Baltimore's NPR affiliate, with Tom Hall, June 11, 2013 (includes author Elissa Brent Weissman)

At The Nervous Breakdown, an online culture/arts/literary site, with Jen Michalski, May 7, 2013

On The Signal, an arts and culture program on WYPR, Baltimore's NPR affiliate, April 5 and 6, 2013

Debut Author Elisabeth Dahl Dramatizes Baltimore Private School Life, Baltimore Fishbowl, April 4, 2013

New Voice: Elisabeth Dahl on Genie Wishes, Cynthia Leitich Smith's Cynsations blog, April 8, 2013 



And here's what I looked like at Genie's age. I really loved the green vest I'm wearing in this photo. I had a brown velvet blazer that stayed in regular rotation too, along with a pair of wallabies. And how do you like these pants with the fancy red arrows where the pockets start? I had no real idea what I was doing, wardrobe-wise. But I very much loved my dog, Cracker Jack.