Elizabeth Ellen Rules

Posted by @ 6:14 pm on April 3rd, 2009

I’ve written about her before, but frankly, I could write about her every week. Check out her website for all thing Elizabeth Ellen, including contributions to A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness (Rose Metal Press and a forthcoming chapbook with Paper Hero Press. Here are some power quotes from the woman who was largely responsible for my change in opinion of “online writing”:

From an interview in 3am magazine (linked here):

As for getting noticed…I don’t know. You can always try to be controversial, I guess. That’s certainly one way of getting noticed. Initiate a public feud. Be a dick. Write about it on your blog. That sort of thing. Other than that, I’d say just keep doing what you’re doing. This is going to sound like total, lameass bullshit, but I swear it’s true: I enjoy writing. I love it. I get off on it. I don’t do it to be in a particular magazine or to get a particular publisher’s notice. Not that I wouldn’t be stoked to be in The Paris Review or Tin House or with a major publisher. Of course I would. That’d be awesome. It’s just not something I think about on a daily or weekly basis.


Here’s another quote from the 3am interview that I love:

Maybe I should rely more on my imagination, but something compels me to write about the truth, or the truth as I know it. Laziness, perhaps.

And here’s an excerpt from “Breathing Lessons” found in her collection, Before You She Was A Pitbull (Future Tense Books, linked here):


Only after I felt him inch his way inside me did he release his grip on my hands. He let go and they remained where they’d fallen on either side of my head. His hand moved then to my neck, encircling it first gently with his fingertips before closing completely around it. My back arched, offering up more of my neck to his hand, as though I was familiar with this technique, as though I knew what I was doing. I didn’t.

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