Elizabeth Kate Switaj and her formerly feral cats live on Majuro Atoll where she works at the College of the Marshall Islands. She is the author of one book of literary criticism (James Joyce’s Teaching Life and Methods, Palgrave, 2016) and two collections of poetry (Magdalene & the Mermaids, Paper Kite Press, 2009; The Bringers of Fruit: An Oratorio, 11:11 Press, 2022). She revels in her neurodivergence.
She completed her PhD at the School of English at Queen’s University Belfast in 2012. She also holds an MFA in Poetics and Creative Writing from the now-defunct New College of California, a BA from the Evergreen State College, and an AAS from Bellevue College. She has taught in both Japan and China.