Liz Tucker is a fiction writer, poet, playwright, essayist, and sixth-generation Californian living at 6600′ above sea level in the Sierra Nevada mountains with her husband and two children. Her short stories, often rooted in the fault-prone landscape of Northern California, can be found in a host of national and international literary publications. She is a two-time finalist with Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers. The first chapter of her novel, Fault Lines, was published in The Bangalore Review and the third chapter received an Honorable Mention in the 2017 JuxtaProse Short Story Contest and was published in the JuxtaProse Magazine. If He Had, He Would was chosen as a finalist in the 2020 Craft Elements Fiction Contest and later published in Ponder Review Magazine. Her short story Apartment 14B was chosen by The Whistling Fire as the introduction story for its themed issue on Truth in May 2012. Her essay Make Good Choices, a piece exploring the thrill of her 16-year daughter coming home from the DMV armed with her driver’s license against the backdrop of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s death, was chosen as a finalist in Cutthroat Magazine’s 2020 Barry Lopez Prize for non-fiction.
Her other works of poetry and short fiction have been published in numerous literary journals, including: Transfer Magazine, Red River Review, The Aroostook Review, SNReview, and Tahoe Blues, an anthology published by Bona Fide books, and more. Her play, Catch and Release, was produced in Truckee Community Theater’s 10-Minute Play Fall Festival in 2019.
Her longer work of fiction, Fault Lines, is a novel-in-stories about a girl who must deal in the aftermath of her father’s suicide following his service in World War II. The novel exposes the harsh world of survivor guilt and the unspoken notions of blame this one unforgettable family endures long after the father’s death. She is currently working on her second novel, You Don’t Belong Here, with Pam Houston and Josh Mohr. Liz obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism at San Diego State University, graduated summa cum laude from San Francisco State’s Creative Writing Program and most recently is a graduate of the Stanford Novel Writing Program and the Writing by Writers Draft Program.
When she is not writing or sawing away at her cello or plucking her upright bass, Liz can usually be found anywhere outside. She currently serves on the board of directors of Adventure Risk Challenge, a youth literacy and leadership non-profit, empowering at-risk teens to make positive change in their lives through integrated academics and wilderness experiences.