Emily Ruskovich grew up in the Idaho Panhandle on Hoodoo Mountain.

Her writing has appeared in Zoetrope, The Virginia Quarterly Review, One Story, The New York Times, The Paris Review, and LitHub.

Her L.A. Times bestselling novel IDAHO is a shortlisted finalist for The Dublin Literary Award. She was also a shortlisted finalist for the Dylan Thomas International Prize, the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best First Novel, and the New York Library's Young Lion's Award. She is a winner of an O. Henry Award, the Idaho Book Award, and a Pacific Northwest Book Award.

A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she currently teaches creative writing in the M.F.A. program at Boise State University.

She lives in Idaho City with her husband and Baby daughter.  

Listen to her discuss IDAHO on Boise State Public Radio with University President Bob Kustra:

Reader's Corner: The Crafting of Idaho, Part One (aired October 6, 2017) 

Reader's Corner: Real Life Influences in Idaho, Part Two (aired October 13, 2017)