Elisabeth F. Stokes

Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Writing

Office: Miller Library 028 [ campus map ]
Box 5285

Phone: 207-859-5285
Fax: 207-859-5252
Mailing Address:
5285 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8852
Stokes, Elisabeth F.


A.B. Smith College, 1993. English, Philosophy. M.F.A., University of Massachusetts Program for Poets and Writers, 1999.

Areas of Expertise

  • Composition
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Memoir
  • Environmental Literature
  • Gothic Literature

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
WP115D AFirst-Year Writing: Food for Thought
WP115D BFirst-Year Writing: Food for Thought


Elisabeth Fairfield Stokes has been teaching at Colby since 2001. Her work has appeared in several national and international publications, including The New York Times, Salon, The Washington Post, Pacific Standard, Catapult, Upworthy, USA TODAY, and TIME, and has been widely anthologized. Her essay "Reaping What Rape Culture Sows: Live From the Killing Fields of Growing up Female in America" is included in the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, edited by Roxane Gay, which debuted in May, 2018 on the New York Times' Bestseller list. She has two daughters and lives in Readfield, Maine.


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