Elyssa East’s first book, Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town, won the 2010 L. L. Winship/P.E.N. New England Award in non-fiction. Dogtown was also named a “Must-Read Book” by the Massachusetts Book Awards and is an Editors’ Choice selection from the New York Times Book Review. Elyssa’s writing has been published in The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Dallas Morning News, The Kansas City Star, and other publications nationwide. A scene from her opera libretto, Mr. Hawthorne’s Engagement, was performed with American Opera Project’s Composers and the Voice series. A native of Georgia, Elyssa now lives in New York City where she teaches in the undergraduate Creative Writing program at Purchase College, State University of New York.