Elizabeth Hand was born in 1957 and raised in Pound Ridge, NY. She attended Catholic University in Washington, DC, where, following an expulsion and readmission, she received a degree in Cultural Anthropology. Past jobs held by Ms. Hand include seven years' work for the Smithsonian Institution's National Air & Space Museum, and a short time as a British defense contractor.
In 1988, she relocated from Washington, DC to Maine, where she currently resides. In addition to her award-winning novels and short stories, Ms. Hand has also achieved other writing-related successes: in collaboration with Paul Witcover, she created the DC Comics series Anima; a production of her one-act play "The Have-Nots" was included in the 1997 Fringe Theater Festival in London; and she has contributed as a reviewer and critic for such publications as the Washington Post Book World, the Detroit Metro Times, The Writer, Reflex, and Penthouse.