About

Elizabeth Enslin is the author of While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal (Seal Press, September 2014).

She grew up in Seattle and earned her Ph.D in Anthropology from Stanford University in 1990. With funding from the Social Science Research Council, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and the John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, she carried out research in the plains of Nepal.

Her creative nonfiction and poetry appear in The Gettysburg Review, Crab Orchard Review, The High Desert Journal, The Raven Chronicles, Opium Magazine and In Posse Review.

Recognition includes an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Oregon Arts Commission, an Honorable Mention for the Pushcart Prize, a Notable for Best American Essays and a Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholarship in Nonfiction to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

She serves on the governing boards of Fishtrap and Slow Food Wallowas and assists Prescott College as an occasional graduate mentor and thesis reader.

She lives in a strawbale house in the canyon country of northeastern Oregon, where she raises garlic and other vegetables plus pigs, geese, chickens, and yaks.

Elizabeth Enslin, 2014
Elizabeth Enslin, 2014

Learn more about my book on Nepal, forthcoming from Seal Press.

While the Gods Were Sleeping book cover

Learn more about my other writings and awards.

Elizabeth Enslin with son in Chitwan, Nepal, 1987
Elizabeth Enslin with son in Chitwan, Nepal, 1987