ELIZABETH BOBRICK is a Visiting Scholar in Wesleyan’s Department of Classical Studies, where she has taught ancient Greek language and literature. As part of Wesleyan’s Center for Prison Education, she has taught courses in Classical Studies and non-fiction writing at Cheshire Correctional Facility. In addition, she has been a Visiting Professor in the Department of English, the College of Letters, and the Graduate Liberal Studies Program, where she is currently Writing Consultant. Her publications range from scholarly articles on Aristophanes, Sophocles, and Theophrastus to essays on an array of topics, from baseball to seasonal teaching anxiety. She received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University.

Oriole Magic

Until Creative Nonfiction’s editor-in-chief Lee Gutkind invited me to contribute an essay to “The Anatomy of Baseball,” I didn’t even know that I had this story in me. But there it was, waiting to be tapped: how the Baltimore Orioles taught me that I could ‘play hurt’ through seemingly endless innings of graduate school, with electrical storms in my brain and an alcoholic husband at home.

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The Stakes are High: Tragedy and Transformation within Prison Walls

Teaching in a men’s maximum security prison has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I wrote this piece about my first semester with Wesleyan University’s Center for Prison Education for Amphora, the national magazine of the Society for Classical Studies. They opened my eyes to what Greek tragedy teaches about tragedy’s collateral damage: the survival of the community.

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Selected Reviews

The Women’s Review of Books has been publishing for 35 years, providing a forum for book reviews and review essays on fiction and nonfiction works by women on a wide array of subjects. I was honored to be asked to write these two reviews for them, one of Alison Lurie’s Don’t Tell the Grownups: The Subversive Power of Children’s Literature, (“Arrested Development” ) and another on histories of the admission of women to military academies (“Arms and the Woman”).

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