Elizabeth Cox was the 2003 Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She graduated from the University of Mississippi, and received her MFA from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
Her short story, "The Third of July," was included in Prize Stories 1994: The O. Henry Awards. Her short story “Land of Goshen” was credited for excellence in Best American Short Stories. She received the 1998 Lillian Smith Book Award for fiction for her novel "Night Talk", as well as being nominated for the 1999 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
Elizabeth Cox grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She has been an instructor at the Bennington Writing Seminars and teaches at Wofford College in South Carolina, where she shared the John C. Cobb Endowed Chair in the Humanities with her husband, C. Michael Curtis. She has also been a teacher of creative writing at Duke, Bennington, Michigan, MIT, Boston University, and Tufts.