Elizabeth Kadetsky grew up and lives in New York City, and has practiced yoga for twenty years. As a Fulbright fellow to India in creative writing in 1999-2000, she studied with the Iyengars in India while conducting interviews with Iyengar and his contemporaries as part of a project to construct a history of modern yoga. Her memoir about the experience, First There Is a Mountain (Little, Brown and Co.), appeared in stores January 2, 2004. Her fiction and journalism have appeared in Best New American Voices, the Pushcart Prizes, Gettysburg Review, Self, the Village Voice, LA Weekly and The Nation. Her fiction has been selected in many contests including as first pick in the AWP Grace Paley manuscript award for 2004. She has been a fellow at MacDowell Foundation, Camargo Foundation, Albee Foundation, the St. James Centre for Creativity in Valletta, Malta, and elsewhere.
She has also been recognized in competitions from the Atlantic Monthly student fiction contest, the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Contest, the New Millenium magazine awards, the Dora Teitelbaum Center for Yiddish Culture, the Southeast Review short-shorts competition, Ucross Foundation, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation and Fundacion Valparaiso..
She attended the fiction workshop at UC Irvine. She teaches narrative writing at various universities and privately.