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

Lara Ehrlich is the author of the short story collection Animal Wife, forthcoming from Red Hen Press. Animal Wife won Red Hen’s Fiction Award, judged by Ann Hood.

Lara’s stories are published in F(r)iction, Hunger Mountain, StoryQuarterly, The Normal School, and elsewhere. She is the winner of a 2019 IHAF In-House Creativity Award and numerous Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) awards for her feature writing. She has received scholarships from the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, the Midwest Writers Workshop, and the Garret on the Green. She earned her BA from Boston University and her MA from the University of Chicago.

Lara lives in Connecticut, where she is the director of marketing for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven.

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.