Elissa recently completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction writing at Western Michigan University, where she taught award-winning composition at the college level for three years. She has judged Montcalm Community College's creative writing contest and helped read and evaluate MFA fiction applications for Western Michigan this past winter. She also serves as the nonfiction editor for Third Coast, a national literary journal.
Elissa's writing as appeared in: NANO Fiction, Midwestern Gothic, Quarterly West, Harpur Palate, The Chariton Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, and PANK. She also regularly contributes bar reviews and product spotlights to Alcoholmanac, a nightlife and drink culture almanac based in Milwaukee.
In addition to her writing and editing experience, she can offer attention to detail in language, prompt work turnaround, and openness to suggestions for revision.
Elissa regularly writes product spotlights and bar/restaurant reviews for Alcoholmanac, a local Milwaukee magazine. She has written graduate school presentations on gender issues in linguistics, mental health evaluations, student recommendations and evaluations of student writing, descriptions of winning writing contest entries, and a guest author introduction. She selects and edits narrative nonfiction for Third Coast Magazine. Additionally, she has completed a short story collection and is at work on a novel.
Elissa is interested in all things food-related-- vegetarian/vegan/organic cooking and baking, local products and restaurants, food justice, and gardening. She regularly volunteers at her local food co-op. Elissa also enjoys reading and spending time with her three cats.
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