e.b. bartels


E.B. Bartels is a writer, editor, and teacher from Massachusetts. She holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MFA in literary nonfiction from Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

Her nonfiction has appeared in CatapultElectric Literature, The Believer LoggerThe RumpusThe MillionsThe ToastThe Butter, EntropyFullStopPloughshares online, and the anthology The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35, among others. She is a regular performer in Mortified, and her flash nonfiction piece “Vulnerable” was the winner of the 2018 Eldridge Tide & Pilot Book Story Contest. She also writes the monthly column Non-Fiction by Non-Men for Fiction Advocate, in which she interviews women and genderqueer/non-binary people who write nonfiction.

Good Grief: On Loving Pets, Here and Hereafter, E.B.’s narrative nonfiction book about the world of loving and losing animals, exploring the singular nature of our bonds with our companion animals, and how best to grieve for them once they’ve passed away, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2022.

E.B. is an instructor at the creative writing center GrubStreet, the Wellesley Writes It editor for Wellesley Underground, and an on-again-off-again bookseller at Newtonville Books. In addition to writing, E.B. also works as a freelance editor, a manuscript consultant, a writing coach, and a tutor. She lives in Cambridge with her fiancé, Richie, and her pet tortoise, Terrence.

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