About Ellen

A writer, teacher, naturalist, and cigar-box artist, I am the author of five books of queer humor, including Lammy winner The Butches of Madison County.

My story “Scour” (excerpted from my book, Inside, the World is Orange and published in Sinister Wisdom) was nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize. My story “Outreach” won a 2007 Gertrude Press Chapbook Competition. In 1993, I co-edited Boulder Voices, an anthology responding to Colorado’s Amendment 2, an anti-gay referendum later overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

My writing has been published in Primal Picnics; Milk and Honey; The Incredible Shrinking Story; and A Poetic Inventory of Rocky Mountain National Park. Other work has appeared in Trickhouse, Blithe House Quarterly, The Washington Post, Rain Taxi, the Lambda Book Review and more.

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The former curator of Boulder’s Yellow Pine Reading Series, I’ve been accepted for four writing residencies (some of the happiest times of my life) and taught writing for Boulder Valley schools, libraries and other community settings. In addition to writing, I lead story hikes for toddlers and promote sustainability efforts for the City of Boulder.

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