Elizabeth Scarboro was born on September 11th before it was September 11th, in a hospital in Denver, on the night of an eclipse, which her father remembers well, and her mother, shakily. She spent the first part of her childhood running around Rocky Mountains and the next exploring the canals and bus systems of Phoenix, Arizona. She now lives in Berkeley, California with her family, and finds herself nostalgic for snow, and for summer days so hot you can’t go barefoot.
Scarboro is the author of the memoir My Foreign Cities, an Oprah Book of the Week, one of Library Journal's Best Memoirs of 2013, and the winner of the 2014 Chautauqua Prize. She is also the author of two novels for children – Phoenix, Upside Down and The Secret Language of the S.B. She received the Olga and Paul Menn Award for Fiction, and her essays have appeared in many places, including The New York Times and the Bellevue Literary Review.