Lyndsey Ellis

Lyndsey Ellis is a writer, editor, teaching artist, and founder of Show-Me Stories, LLC. She's passionate about exploring intergenerational struggles and resiliency in the Midwest. Her debut novel, Bone Broth (Hidden Timber Books, 2021) was a 2022 Friends of American Writers Literature Award winner and selected as a first-year read at Maryville University for two consecutive school years. She's currently a Heartland Journalism Fellow for The Common Reader: A Journal of the Essay at Washington University in St. Louis and was awarded a 2023 artist support grant from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis to launch Plain Talk: Intergenerational Voices of St. Louis, a commmunity storytelling workshop series. 

Ellis earned her BA in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia and MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She was a recipient of San Francisco Foundation's Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for her fiction. 

VONA and Squaw Valley Writers alumna, Ellis has had residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Paul Artspace and Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow, and she was awarded a fiction fellowship from Kimbilio. Her writing appears in Kweli, Catapult, Joyland, Literary Hub, Shondaland,  NarrativelyThe RumpusElectric Literature, Smithsonian Magazine, and Black in the Middle: An Anthology of the Black Midwest, among others. Her short story, "American Haint", was a 2021 finalist for the Midwest Review's Great Midwest Writing Contest. 

Ellis edits prose for Scarletgreat weather for MEDIA. and The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose & Thought. She enjoys scary movies and nature walks with her dog, Titus. See CV here for more details. 

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