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Elizabeth Stuckey-French is an American short story writer and novelist.

Elizabeth Stuckey-French
BornElizabeth Stuckey
Occupationshort story writer, novelist, Fiction Writer
GenreCreative Fiction
Notable works"Electric Wizard," "Mudlavia," The First Paper Girl in Red Oak, Iowa, "Revenge of the Radioactive Lady"
SpouseNed Stuckey-French
ChildrenPhoebe Stuckey-French, Flannery Stuckey-French

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Stuckey-French was born on September 2, 1958, in Little Rock. She grew up in the town of Lafayette, IN.

She graduated from Purdue University and was founding editor of the Sycamore Review.[1] She was a James A. Michener Fellow at the Iowa Writers Workshop; she graduated with an MFA in 1992.

Her stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, Five Points, Narrative.[2]

She teaches creative writing at Florida State University.[3]

She lives now in Tallahassee, FL with her husband Ned Stuckey-French and her two daughters, Phoebe and Flannery.



Short storiesEdit

  • "Junior," The Atlantic, April 1996
  • "Electric Wizard," The Atlantic, June 1998
  • "Mudlavia," The Atlantic, September 2003
  • The First Paper Girl in Red Oak, Iowa. Doubleday. 2000. ISBN 978-0-385-49893-7.
  • Tenderloin and other stories. 1992.




  • Janet Burroway; Elizabeth Stuckey-French (2007). Writing fiction: a guide to narrative craft. Pearson Longman. ISBN 978-0-321-38414-0.


Richard Russo in his commentary about the selections in the 2005 O. Henry anthology, called Stuckey-French's "Mudlavia", "the one that burrowed deepest under my skin". He praised the "simplicity of its storytelling; the way its private and public stories play off each other; its fond, gentle humor; the heartbreaking, hard-won wisdom of its narrator."[5]


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