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.

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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Manifesting Done Right

Ten-year old me: I wish I could just write and read things I like and talk about them and be nerdy for a living. Adult me: Hey, Kiddo, knock yourself out. Just your semi-occasional reminder that your ten-year old self … Continue reading

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It’s Been a Hot Minute, Hasn’t It?

Hello, Blogosphere! So, I just logged in to this space for the first time in . . . a while. Reading through my last post, written in July of last year, I find it truly resonates with me, and I … Continue reading

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I don’t know who needs to read this, but.

I’ve been seeing a lot of graduate students and early career researchers and new writers bemoaning their inability to focus, concentrate, or get much or any work done right now. You know who else I am seeing these comments from? … Continue reading

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Pandemic Poem #36

(Reading tip: if you are reading this on your phone screen, turning the screen sideways will result in a correct placement of each line; otherwise, they are broken up in unusual and not especially poetic fashion.)   Empty Agenda Remember … Continue reading

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