Elissa Schappell is the author of two books of fiction, Use Me, a finalist for the PEN Hemingway Award, a New York Times “Notable Book” and a Los Angeles Times “Best Book of the Year”, and Blueprints for Building Better Girls, which was chosen as one of the “Best Books of the Year” by The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and O. She is co-editor with Jenny Offill of the anthologies, The Friend Who Got Away and Money Changes Everything. Her fiction, essays, interviews and non-fiction have appeared in numerous publications including The Paris Review, The New York Times Book Review, McSweeney’s and SPIN and anthologies such as, The Mrs. Dalloway Reader, In Their Lives, and Indelible in the Hippocampus. She is a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair, former Senior Editor of The Paris Review and was a Founding-editor and Editor-at-Large of Tin House. She teaches in the MFA Fiction Writing Program at Columbia and the low-residency MFA program at Queens in Charlotte, NC. She lives in Brooklyn.