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.

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: https://ah.utdallas.edu/reunion/reunion-online/?fbclid=IwAR0p8omTHI16jRECgFr4UlkpT7NSaytCZSD0PDYmA0HCqHVfF_ceGfvR-ys 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! https://www.sfpoetry.com/sl/issues/starline44.4.html This was … Continue reading

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Short story published on Fox Paw Literary Blog

Hello, all, and happy weekend! If you, like us, are enjoying a cool and rainy Saturday, and you, like me, enjoy nothing more than reading something short and not too intellectually taxing or requiring too much concentration on a cool … Continue reading

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My first craft essay

Hello all! One of the first questions people ask you as a writer is “where do you get your ideas from?” or, “How do you come up with things to write?” or, “How do you write/ what’s your writing process?” … Continue reading

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Teaching essay: “The Chaucerian Miscellany” now available at Once and Future Classroom

I’m thrilled to share that the pedagogy article describing my Chaucerian Miscellany assignment that won the 2020 Teaching Association for Medieval Studies award is now published in Once and Future Classroom 17.1 (Spring 2021)! This assignment was designed to help … Continue reading

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“Green” now published in In Parentheses 7.1

Just a brief update to share that I’m delighted my prose poem “Green” has been published in In Parentheses 7.1 (Summer 2021) and is available for anyone who would like to read it here: https://inparentheses.art/…/contributor-list-in…/ You’ll find the Green Man, … Continue reading

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Thinking, Scribbling, Sharing

Hello, All! I hope your corner of the world is pleasant and that you are safe, happy, and engaged in some activity that brings you joy. I have been busily thinking, scribbling, and submitting things for publication. Some of the … Continue reading

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A Lesson Learned

The only truly enduring aspects of my life, the only through lines linking my earliest childhood memories to the present moment, have been curiosity–a drive to know, to ask Why? Yes, why? But why? What now? what comes next? and find the answers–and a burning urge, a need, to write, to make, to create. Continue reading

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