Elisabeth Elle Sur was raised in New Jersey and now resides in Philadelphia (where she has never eaten a cheesesteak). Her mother is from Poland and her father from upstate New York, making the Adirondacks and Poland some of the formative places of her childhood travels. She first called herself a writer when her grandfather, a former member of the Polish Underground, sent one of her poems about genocide to the Israeli Consulate.

There are two things that inspire her to write: what technological adventures the future will bring, and what this will mean for displaced, uprooted, and otherwise disenfranchised people.

Her writing and teaching interests first intersected when she taught at a refugee center in Utica, New York, armed only with some colored markers, magazines, and a notebook. Since then, she has worked with asylees and refugees, immigrants, and international university students.

Elle Sur is also interested in how technological advances related to nanotechnology, A.I., and interstellar travel will transform the way we view borders, boundaries, and national and linguistic identities.