Wright, Elizabeth D. (Lili), MFA
English, Asbury Hall, Room 324
Professor of English
Lili Wright was a newspaper reporter for nearly ten years before earning her MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. She is author of the travel memoir, Learning to Float. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Down East, The Cincinnati Review, The Normal School, Cream City Review, and other publications. Her essay "Pilgrim" won the Mary C Mohr Nonfiction Award and was later noted for distinction in Best American Essays 2010. Wag's Revue selected her essay "The Country I Came From" for its inaugural Nonfiction prize. Dave Eggers later noted this piece for distinction in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010. Her essay "Shopping for Virgins" won second place in Ruminate Magazine's 2012 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize. While living in New York City, she taught at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism and wrote for ABC's "Good Morning America." At DePauw, she teaches creative writing and journalism and advises the student newspaper. She is currently writing a novel set in Mexico.