Author Archives: Melissa Ridley Elmes

About Melissa Ridley Elmes

Professor and writer; Unrepentant nerd; chaotic good. Author of Arthurian Things: A Collection of Poems. PhD, MFA. She/hers. Views my own.

A Professional Milestone

Six years ago to the day, I became the first person in my family to earn a PhD, (alongside my Academic Wonder Twin Matt Carter, First of His Name. ) This week, I received notification that my bid for promotion-in-rank … Continue reading

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A Brace of (Virtual) Presentations This Week: Celtic Studies and Poetry!

Hello there! Just a quick pitch for two upcoming events this week in which I am delighted to be participating: First, on Tuesday, April 19, from 3-4 p.m. CST, a roundtable on “Teaching Celtic Languages Without a Celtic Program” sponsored … Continue reading

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A few brief updates: teaching, publications, a reading, and a corgi in the snow!

Hello All! January was one of those blink-and-you’ll-miss-it months. We’re back in session for the spring term, and I’m teaching some of my favorite things–History of the English Language, the Medieval Literature seminar, the senior capstone in English, and a … Continue reading

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New Year’s Thoughts

It’s already 2022 in some parts of the world; here, it is still 2021 and I’ve just heard that Betty White died, after (on my part) a long day of difficult revision work on an essay that as of midnight … Continue reading

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Microfiction “Crossing the Threshold” up at A Story in 100 Words

Hello World, and hope you’re doing well. I’m writing to you today from the confines of what professors sometimes jokingly, sometimes despairingly call “grading jail,” that period of time between the end of the academic semester and the due date … Continue reading

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Samuel R. Delany Fellowship shortlist

Here’s a link to the Catstone Books-sponsored inaugural Samuel R. Delany Fellowship shortlist–Take a moment to check out some of their work, & take a good look at their faces. This is the future of speculative fiction & poetry, & … Continue reading

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Samuel R. Delany fellowship longlist announced!

I am so excited about this! The inaugural Samuel R. Delany fellowship for diverse voices in speculative fiction has released its longlist of candidates. From this group of outstanding emerging and early career writers, a short list of 5 will … Continue reading

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“Mary’s Waking Dream” now up at Reunion: Dallas Review Online

I’m so pleased to be able to share that my short story, “Mary’s Waking Dream,” was chosen as the Reunion: Dallas Review Online October selection. You can read it here: Hope you enjoy it! For those who are more … Continue reading

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New work in Eye to the Telescope, In Parentheses

Hello, All, I’m delighted to share that my poem, “The Sea Shares Her Origin Story” found a home in Eye to the Telescope 42, an issue devoted entirely to the sea and edited by Akua Lezli Hope. It’s an honor … Continue reading

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Chipping away at dreams . . .

It’s finally official–the bio has been added to the roster, and I’m thrilled to be able to share that I am a Star*Line Magazine poet! You can read “Riding Down a Dream” in issue 44.4, available now! This was … Continue reading

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