After graduating University of North Carolina School of Law, I practiced for two decades in Jackson, Mississippi, before turning to writing. I weave my Southern life—and family secrets—into my fiction. Readers have responded, downloading my audio stories over 50,000 times worldwide. My work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Image, Fourth Genre, Hotel Amerika, Brevity, EAP, Texas Review, Arkansas Review, The Pinch, and elsewhere. Two stories were nominated for a Pushcart Prize; one received a Special Mention. I was Peter Taylor Fellow at Kenyon College Summer Writing program. I self-published two novels and created a bespoke novel with an artist friend. I also wrote a “how to” on leading writing groups based on my eight years of leading a weekly writing group of folks experiencing homelessness. I am currently Writer-in-Residence at the 100 Men Hall, a historic site on the Mississippi Blues Chitlin’ Circuit, and recently co-founded the School for Contemplative Living’s Contemplative Writing Group. I split my time between the Memphis, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and New Orleans, where I can frequently be found in costume.
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. Check out my Thumb Prayers while you’re at it.
Thanks for joining me on this journey.
peace in creativity, Ellen