Biography of Alan Elyshevitz
Born and raised in New York City, I graduated from Stuyvesant High School and, later, from Queens College (City University of New York) with a BA in English. After working for nearly a quarter of a century in the field of scientific publishing, I earned an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College. For much of my life I have been a poet, short story writer, or singer/songwriter/guitarist, sometimes all three simultaneously. Between the mid-1980's and the present, my stories and poems have appeared in over a hundred literary journals. Other interests of mine, in addition to writing and literature, include world history and the physical sciences. Over the years I've had the good fortune to travel widely, visiting forty eight of the fifty states (not yet Alabama and North Dakota), as well as a handful of diverse foreign countries: Canada, Costa Rica, Norway, Iceland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Russia, Peru, Bolivia, and Turkey. Though I've lived in Santa Fe, NM, Seattle, WA, and New Jersey for brief periods, for the past thirty years I've resided with my wife, Carol, in Southeastern Pennsylvania. After serving for nearly two decades as Assistant Professor of English at the Community College of Philadelphia, teaching both creative and expository writing, I retired in 2018.