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.

Cover Reveal! Ethics in the Arthurian Legend

Absolutely thrilled with this stunning final cover design for our forthcoming volume on Ethics in the Arthurian Legend. Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye to 2022

While it was most definitely not all happiness and sunshine and glitter and rainbows, on the whole 2022 brought more positive than negative in our lives, for which I am grateful. Continue reading

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Black Friday Sale through Sunday 11/27: Arthurian Things is 40% off!

Hello all! Just popping in to let you know that Myth Mart is having a Black Friday sale through November 27. All titles are 40% off with the code blackfriday2022 . That means Arthurian Things is currently 40% off now … Continue reading

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“The Haunted and the Possessed” now available!

If you’re not quite ready to let go of spooky season yet (or, like me, firmly believe every day is a good day for a good ghost story or tale of demonic possession–or hey, even better, why not both at … Continue reading

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Part 3 of “When the Elves Are Gone” now available!

If you have been reading “When the Elves Are Gone” over at World of Myth, I’m happy to share that the third and final part is now available! you can read it here: https://jayzohub.com/darkmythproductions/theworldofmyth/112/fantasy/when_the_elves_are_gone/when_the_elves_are_gone.html?fbclid=IwAR2ErKkUK3-w0L_RztIEQMG_qLBl2XQT638cal_-MCtQXJ9x_xItQAl5zls And here are parts 1 and … Continue reading

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Lost Notebooks and Second First Pages

About a year ago, I lost nearly 100 pages of drafting towards a project I had been trying to lay track for for many years, when the notebook I was writing it in went missing. (I know, I know. In … Continue reading

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“When the Elves Are Gone” part two now up at World of Myth! And other writing updates

Hello! Last month, I shared the publication journey of my short story, “When the Elves Are Gone” along with the link to the first part, published in the August issue of World of Myth magazine. I’m happy to report that … Continue reading

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Writing Through Lacunae: Generative Erasures, Medieval Multiverses

By actively turning attention to the erasures and lacunae left on, in, and by my subjects of study … allowing myself along the way to think and write deeply into them… I am continuously learning, re-learning, and helping my students and readers to learn, how to engage with my work.
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“When the Elves Are Gone” Part One now out at World of Myth Magazine

I knew it was a weird little bird from the beginning, because it was designed that way–I never billed it as a traditional short story, because it’s just not. Continue reading

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essay, memoir, poetry, flash: un peu de tout from me to you

I’m never going to be “Melissa, who writes X.” I’m always going to be “Melissa, who writes across the alphabet unapologetically and with great zest and vim and verve and joy.” Continue reading

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