Nelly Reifler was born in Poughkeepsie and moved with her parents to Europe as a young child to escape the coming violent revolution in the United States. The three returned, though not quite as a nuclear family, to America in the early 1970s, and she grew up between rural Dutchess County and what is now known as the Meatpacking District in Manhattan. When she was sixteen, her play “Satisfaction” was included in the Young Playwrights’ festival; it was also produced in Sydney for the first Interplay international young playwrights’ festival. She briefly attended Harvard, dropped out, and finished her undergraduate studies at Hampshire College. After working as an artist’s model, windup toy salesgirl, baker, and theater box office clerk, she attended the graduate writing program at Sarah Lawrence College.

Her first book, See Through, a collection of stories, was published in 2003 by Simon & Schuster. Her stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Black Book, Post Road, BOMB, jubilat, Nerve.com, Lucky Peach, and the Milan Review, among others. A number of her stories have been anthologized, and her work has been translated into Japanese, Dutch, Spanish, and Italian.

Her novel Elect H. Mouse State Judge was published in August 2013 by Faber & Faber. It was one of The Millions’ Most Anticipated Books and appeared in Best of 2013 lists at Flavorwire, Tor.com, Slate, and The L Magazine.

She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, and she was the Visiting Writer at Western Michigan University in spring 2014. She has also taught in the MFA program at Columbia University and at the 92nd St Y. She co-directed Writers’ Forum at Pratt Institute from 2005 to 2013. She is also a Recommendations editor at Post Road. She lives in New York.

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