Lara Ehrlich is the author of Animal Wife, which won Red Hen Press’s Fiction Award, judged by Ann Hood, and was published by the press in Sept 2020. Animal Wife has been praised by Electric Literature, the Kenyon Review, PANK, Kirkus, and others, including Lit Hub, who called the collection “remarkable…a standout in a season full of amazing new releases.” She is also the host of Writer Mother Monster, a conversation series devoted to dismantling the myth of “having it all” and offering writer-moms solidarity, support, and advice as we make space for creative endeavors. Lara is the director of marketing for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas based in Connecticut, where she lives with her husband and 5-year-old daughter.
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.