e.b. bartels


E.B. Bartels is a nonfiction writer, a former Newtonville Books bookseller, and a GrubStreet instructor, with a BA from Wellesley College and an MFA from Columbia University.

Her nonfiction has appeared in Catapult, Electric Literature, The BelieverThe RumpusThe MillionsThe ToastThe Butter, and the anthology The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35, among others. She also writes the monthly column Non-Fiction by Non-Men for Fiction Advocate, in which she interviews women, trans, and non-binary people who write nonfiction.

Good Grief: On Loving Pets, Here and Hereafter, E.B.’s debut 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, was published by Mariner Books (an imprint of HarperCollins) on August 2, 2022.

In addition to writing, E.B. also works as a freelance editor, a manuscript consultant, a writing coach, a tutor, and a senior editorial writer in the communications and public affairs department at Wellesley College. She lives outside Boston with her husband, Richie, and their many, many pets: a red-footed tortoise (Terrence), a chihuahua-pitbull mix (Seymour), a small flock of pigeons (Bert, Lieutenant Dan, and Murray), and fifteen African cichlids (all named Milton).

Photos by Small Circle Studio, Inc.
Photos by Small Circle Studio, Inc.