Lyndsey Ellis



Lyndsey Ellis is a St. Louis-born fiction writer and essayist who currently lives in Oakland. Her work shows the juxtaposing forces that often define African-American life and how these experiences--influenced by the overlying social climate--determine how we treat each other. 

Ellis received her MFA in Writing from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California. Ellis was a recipient of the 2016 Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award from the San Francisco Foundation and was a 2016-17 finalist for the Affiliate Artist Program at Headlands Center for the Arts. Her short story, Chitlins in Mid-July, was awarded an Honorable Mention by the American Pen Women's Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition.  

VONA/Voices and Community of Writers at Squaw Valley alumna, Ellis has had residencies at Vermont Studio Center and The Wellstone Center in the Redwoods. She's led writing classes at the African American Art & Culture Complex and the Mary Elizabeth Inn for Women in San Francisco.

Ellis's work has been anthologized in Golden State 2017: Best New  Writing from California, Standing Strong! Fillmore & Japantown, and Kearny Street Workshop's Know The Names of Things. Her writing also appears in The Offing, Nomadic Journal, The Stockholm Review of Literature, Eleven Eleven, Joyland, Entropy, and elsewhere. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Bay Area Generations literary reading series. See CV here for more details.