Elane Johnson

Creative Nonfiction Writer

Indianapolis, IN 46222

Author's Bio

Elane Johnson, deaf activist and creator of “The Witty Biddy Blog/Vlog” on DeafChick.com, has nonfiction and fiction in Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, The Writer, Hippocampus, Superstition Review, Haunted Waters Press: Penny Fiction, Indystar.com, and The East County Gazette among other publications. Her award-winning “Aftermath” is featured in college creative writing curricula across the U.S.; her essay, “Porn Star,” is included in the anthology, Southern Sin: True Stories of the Sultry South and Women Behaving Badly (InFact Books, March, 2014). Elane holds an MFA (with distinction) from National University in Creative Nonfiction. She teaches creative writing for universities online, loves presenting live, and spends her leisure time juggling dozens of DIY home-refurbishing projects and swearing loudly. She is married to the writer, Stephen Ulrich.

Publications & Prizes

Southern Sin: True Stories of the Steamy South and Women Behaving Badly (In Fact Books, 2014)
Prizes won: 

Best Essay Prize, "The Math of Marriage," Creative Nonfiction, Issue #59, Spring 2016

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Haven Kimmel, David Sedaris, Lisa Thaddeo, Zora Neale Hurston, Mary Karr, Hilary Mantel, Joan Didion, Flannery O'Connor, Jhumpa Lahiri, Joyce Carol Oates, Augusten Burroughs, Charles Dickens, Stephen King, Carl Hiaasen, Mary Higgins Clark, Ellen DeGeneres, Jo Ann Beard, Reema Zaman, Beth Ann Fennelly.
What I'm reading now: 
The Alchemy of Us by Ainissa Ramirez

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Born in: 
Columbus, GA
Raised in: 
Warner Robins, GA
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Last update: Jul 16, 2020