Elisabeth Sharp McKetta, PhD

Elisabeth Sharp McKetta has taught writing for Harvard Extension School and Summer School since 2012 and was awarded the James E. Conway Excellence in Teaching Writing Award in 2018. She is the author of eight books including a biography, a writing guide, five books of poetry, and a children's book. Her poetry and prose have won awards and been published in over fifty journals, and for seven years she has written a weekly poem for a stranger at poetryforstrangers.com. McKetta holds degrees from Harvard (BA, English), Georgetown (MA, English), and University of Texas (PhD, English). Much of her work focuses on the intersections between fairy tales and autobiography. She lives in a tiny house with her young family, an adventure she discusses in her 2019 TEDx talk, "Edit Your Life Like a Poem."


  • PhD University of Texas