Eleanor Henderson

Eleanor Henderson

Associate Professor, Department of Writing
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences

Specialty:Fiction Writing
Phone:(607) 274-3324
Office:407 Smiddy Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850

Eleanor Henderson was born in Greece, grew up in Florida, and studied in Vermont and Virginia. Her debut novel Ten Thousand Saints (Ecco, 2011) was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2011 by The New York Times and was a finalist for the Award for First Fiction from The Los Angeles Times. In 2015, the movie based on the novel was released by Screen Media Films, starring Ethan Hawke and premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. Eleanor’s stories and essays have appeared in publications including Agni, Ninth Letter, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, All Things Considered, Poets & Writers, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Best American Short Stories. With the novelist Anna Solomon she is also co-editor of Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers (FSG, 2014). Her second novel, The Twelve-Mile Straight, set in Georgia during the Great Depression, was published by Ecco in September 2017. In the spring of 2017, she was a Visiting Writer in the MFA program at Syracuse University.


  • M.F.A. Fiction, University of Virginia, 2005
  • B.A. American Literature/Creative Writing, Middlebury College, 2001

Selected Courses

  • Writing the Other (Senior Seminar, Spring 2018)
  • Writing the Short Novel
  • Read My Lips: The Rhetoric of the Presidential Race (Ithaca Seminar)
  • Short Stories on the Screen (Ithaca Seminar)
  • The Art of Time (Senior Seminar)
  • Distance + Discourse (Senior Seminar)
  • Writing Historical Fiction

Selected Publications


Short Fiction

Short Nonfiction

Selected Awards

  • Research Fellowship, Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University, 2016
  • Faculty Excellence Award, Ithaca College Center for Faculty Excellence, 2011-2012
  • Finalist for the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, Los Angeles Times, 2011
  • 10 Best Books of the Year, New York Times, 2011
  • Summer Grant for Faculty Research, Ithaca College Office of the Provost, 2011





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