Lara Ehrlich.Photo copyright Janice Checchio. 2019. www.janicechecchio.com
Photo by Janice Checchio

Lara Ehrlich’s work been published in literary magazines, including F(r)iction, Hunger Mountain, and StoryQuarterly, and has been recognized with many awards and fellowships; most recently, Animal Wife received Red Hen Press’s Fiction Award, judged by New York Times-bestselling author, Ann Hood, who called the collection “sensual and intelligent, with gorgeous prose.” Animal Wife, which launched in Sept 2020, has been praised as “remarkable” by Lit Hub, who said “the collection is a standout in a season full of amazing new releases.” Lara lives in Connecticut with her husband and daughter.

Fun Facts

In high school, Lara was a freestyle skier competing in moguls, ski jumping, and Acroski (dancing on tiny skis).

Lara is a second-degree black belt in Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate and came in fifth in the nation for kata. She also competed with the US Junior Karate Team in Hungary.

When she was 16, Lara spent a month living with a host family in Sendai, Japan.

Lara’s husband says she should have been a stoner because in college, her walls were decorated with Christmas lights, posters of Bob Dylan and Einstein, and printouts of Victorian poetry. She’s always wanted a VW Bus strung with Christmas lights. Lara really likes Christmas lights.

Lara’s cat Moro is a giant, fluffy Maine Coon who, despite his size, is afraid of gentle rain.