Abby Frucht is the author of six novels, including SNAP, Licorice, Are You Mine?, Life Before Death, Polly’s Ghost, and A Well Made Bed, on which she collaborated with Laurie Alberts.

Her first collection of stories, Fruit of the Month, won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize in 1987; her most recent collection, The Bell at the End of a Rope, was published at Narrative Library. A recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, a New Voices Award from Quality Paperback Book Club, several grants from the Ohio Arts Council, and the Kay W. Levin Short Non-Fiction award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers, Abby is also an essayist whose works have been anthologized in Best of the Web, For Keeps, He Said What?!, and Winter Tales.

Abby’s first book of poetry, Maids, which was a finalist and/or semifinalist for the Slope Editions Book Prize, the Marie Alexander Poetry Book Prize, the Robert C. Jones Short Prose book prize, the 42 Miles Poetry book prize, and the Deborah Tall Lyric Essay book prize, will be published on New Year’s Day, 2020, at Matter Press. Maids speaks to and about the women who cared for her parents’ house when she was a girl in the 1960s and ’70s.

Abby has raised two sons, lives in Wisconsin, has been part of the VCFA MFA in Writing program for 25 years.


BA - English | Washington University of St Louis

Ira Sukrungruang

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]; International MFA

Adam McOmber

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]; Novel Retreat

David Wojahn

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

Ellen Lesser

Faculty Co-Chair, MFA in Writing [fiction]; Director, Postgraduate Writers' Conference

David Jauss

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

Elena Passarello

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]