Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson was a finalist for the 2016 Baker Artist Award in the literary arts, and is working on a book of creative nonfiction called The Grace and the Torment: In Search of Wilmeth. About the mysterious life of her late grandmother, portions of this book have already published as essays that have been recognized by The Best American Essays 2016, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. In 2015, she earned a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award for this work.
Elizabeth's short fiction, creative nonfiction, and essays have been been published in The Southern Review, PANK, Revolver, Post Road, TriQuarterly, Passages North, The Little Patuxent Review, and Redux Journal, among others. Her essay "Notes from a Suicide" earned a Pushcart Prize nomination and was recognized in Best American Essays 2016. Her essay “On Nostalgia” won the 2015 Hrushka Memorial Nonfiction Prize and was recently nominated for The Pushcart Prize. Her short story “A Modern Girl’s Guide to Childbirth” was selected by Roxane Gay as one of the 2015 Wigleaf Top 50 (very) Short Fiction winners. And in 2013, her short story "Danish Modern" was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She's been supported with residencies and fellowships from the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop and the Vermont Studio Center, and she was a 2014 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She received an Individual Artist Award in Fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2013.
From 2004-2007, Elizabeth was the editor of Baltimore's Urbanite magazine, and for nearly two decades, she has written about architecture, design, cities, and culture for national publications. Her articles and essays have published in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Architect, Metropolis, Architectural Lighting, Fast Company's CoDesign and The Atlantic's CityLab, among many others. In 2011, the Baltimore Architecture Foundation gave Dickinson its annual Roger D. Redden Award, recognizing her body of written work as a significant contribution to the field of architecture. She recently co-authored a book about the creative process, as it relates to social activism, called Think Wrong: How to Conquer the Status Quo and Do Work That Matters (Instigator Press, 2016). She has taught writing at MICA and Johns Hopkins.