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Elizabeth Zelvin, Mystery Writer

Death Will Extend Your Vacation, the third mystery in my series about recovering alcoholic Bruce Kohler and his friends, world-class codependent Barbara and computer genius Jimmy, will appear in 2012. The others are Death Will Get You Sober and Death Will Help You Leave Him. Three of my short stories have been nominated for the Agatha Award. For more information, visit my author website at

What Others Have Said

"Smooth prose and outstanding storytelling ability."
Library Journal

"Great characters and a wonderful voice."



Elizabeth Zelvin, Poet

My first book, I Am the Daughter, came out in 1981,
and in 1983 I received a CAPS award in poetry from
the New York State Council on the Arts. My 1999 book,
Gifts and Secrets: Poems of the Therapeutic Relationship, expresses the love and connection between therapist and client and explores the themes of family, friendship,
aging, dying, and growth.

What Others Have Said

“Liz Zelvin’s poetry carries off a rich and lyrical balancing act. It moves with dignity, poise, and humor into places of deep longing and moments of joyous celebration.”
Leslie Simon, poet, coauthor of A Music I No Longer Heard: The Early Death of a Parent

[Zelvin writes] “with humor, compassion and vigorous language…Early death, death in one’s prime, death just before one might have made a major contribution, these are the deaths that challenge the survivor’s maturity, which might be defined as the ability to find opportunity in an unjust universe. Through her poetry, Zelvin rises to the challenge….[with] her gift for connection….She has made that gift her art.”
Nancy Shiffrin, PhD, poet, author of The Holy Letters

[Gifts and Secrets] “would make an excellent gift for a friend…the passage of time, memories, gifts of nature, coping with death and dying: these are the major themes of…Zelvin’s poetry. Reading her…words is like having an intimate conversation with a newly made friend in the wee hours of the morning.”
Katherine van Wormer, PhD, professor and author



Liz Zelvin, Singer/Songwriter

I grew up with hootenannies and the People’s Songbook as well as the Fireside Book of Folk Songs, sang a capella harmonies around the campfire at Girl Scout camp, spent countless hours sitting on the floor (high school) and the grass (college) with my guitar, and packed that guitar around the world in the Sixties. My aim as a songwriter is to touch your heart, sometimes your funnybone, and tell some of the many stories that have come my way over the years. I’ve had the opportunity to learn from some outstanding singer/ songwriters, especially Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Amy Fradon, and Bernice Lewis. An album of my own songs, Outrageous Older Woman, will appear next year.


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