Lyndsey Ellis



Lyndsey Ellis is a St. Louis-born fiction writer and essayist who currently lives in Oakland. Her work is best described as showing 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. She was a recipient of the 2016 Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award from the San Francisco Foundation. Her short story, Chitlins in Mid-July, was awarded an Honorable Mention in 2017 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 creative writing classes for domestic violence survivors and transitional age youth (TAY) in the San Francisco Bay Area, and she manages a nationally recognized community blog, 'I'm Good', which highlights the resiliency of people with mental/emotional health challenges and their supporters.  

Ellis's writing has appeared in Golden State 2017: Best New  Writing from California, The Stockholm Review of Literature, Joyland, Entropy, and elsewhere. She's a reader for The Common literary magazine, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors for Bay Area Generations literary reading series. See CV here for more details.