Hi, I’m a writer, published in Image Journal, Gulf Coast, Alaska Quarterly Review, Hotel Amerika, Fourth Genre, EAP, Barrelhouse, River Teeth, and elsewhere. For two decades, I practiced law in Jackson, Mississippi. When I turned to writing, I wrote radio commentaries, magazine columns, short stories, and essays. Paraclete Press published my first book, Making Crosses: A Creative Connection to God, in 2009. I have two Pushcart nominations, a Pushcart Special Mention, and a Peter Taylor Fellowship. I self-published two novels, a bespoke novel, and a writing “how to” book. I also have an award-winning audio short story collection, Cain’t Do Nothing with Love, that’s been downloaded over 50,000 times worldwide.
I have two ongoing literary projects: IN THE NAME OF MISSISSIPPI, a novel about Civil Rights reparations which recently was a Finalist in the Killer Nashville Contest and placed 2nd in the William Faulkner Literary Competition. Also THE BONE TRENCH, a novel about Mother Mary and the sin of mass incarceration, which was a Short-list Finalist in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Competition (novel-in-progress). If you know of an agent who might be interested in either, I have a contact page. 🙂
My decades long passion is Civil Rights and racism and reconciliation and repair and reformed relationships. Check my blog. I talk about it ALL the time.
I divide my time between Memphis, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Thank you for joining me on this journey.
peace in creativity, Ellen