Elisavietta Ritchie

Fiction Writer, Poet

3207 Macomb St. NW
Washington, DC 20008-3327

Author's Bio

Books and chapbooks: Tiger Upstairs on Connecticut Avenue (2013); From the Artist's Deathbed in anthology of chapbooks Ashes Caught on the Edge of Light: Ten Chapbooks, The Winterhawk Press, 2012; Cormorant Beyond the Compost; Real Toads; Awaiting Permission to Land; Spirit of the Walrus; Arc of the Storm; Real Toads; Elegy for the Other Woman; Raking The Snow; Tightening The Circle Over Eel Country; Flying Time: Stories & Half-Stories SOON E-BOOK; In Haste I Write You This Note: Stories & Half-Stories.
New collections of poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction in progress.

Washington Writers’ Publishing House president 1983-1986, president fiction division, 2000-2010.; fiction editor (current);

Writes, edits, translates; mentors other writers, leads workshop “Re-Write Your Life: Creative Memoir Writing,” Calvert Library;

Poet-in-the-schools 1970s—; and mentoring of high school seniors; also lead workshops for teachers about the poetry-in-the-schools programs, and taught a week of workshops for Maryland principals and teachers designed to encourage them to incorporate the arts as a regular part of the curriculum, not as frills.

Journalism and photography for New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post,
The Bay Weekly, others.

Individual publications: stories, poems, creative non-fiction, photographs, and translations from Russian and French have appeared in numerous publications including Poetry, The American Scholar, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, National Geographic, JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association, Nimrod, New Republic, Press, Canadian Woman Studies, Confrontation, Potomac Review, Southern Poetry Review, Kalliope; New York Quarterly, New Letters, Nimrod, Calyx, Iris; and many others.

Anthologies with Ritchie’s work include Sound and Sense; The 90th Anniversary Poetry Anthology; When I'm An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple; If I Had My Life To Live Over I Would Pick More Daisies; The Tie That Binds; If I Had A Hammer, Grow Old Along With Me / The Best Is Yet To Be; Generation To Generation; Beyond Lament (poems on the Holocaust); Life On The Line: Selections on Words and Healing; The Use of Narratives in the Helping Professions: A Teacher’s Casebook; Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend; Only the Sea Keeps: poems for the tsunami victims; Still Going Strong; Bombshells: War Stories and Poems by Women on the Homefront; and many others.

Readings include: Library of Congress, Harbourfront, Folger Library, Pittsburgh International Forum, Harvard, Colby, Maryland, Washington & Lee, University of Southern California, York, Brock and other libraries, universities, schools, and cultural centers in the United States, Canada, Australia, Russia, and sponsored by the United States Information Agency, in Brazil, the Far East (Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan), and the Balkans.

Publications & Prizes


Guy Wires (Poets' Choice Publishing, 2018)
American Scholar
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Journal of the American Medical Association
New York Quarterly
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Potomac Review


Only The Sea Keeps (Bayeux Arts, 2006)
All Papier Mache Anthologies (Papier-Mache Press, 1987)
Feathers, Or, Love on the Wing (Books on Demand, 2013)
Awaiting Permission to Land (Cherry Grove, 2006)
The Spirit of the Walrus (Bright Hill Press, 2005)
In Haste I Write You This Note (Washington Writers' Publishing House, 2000)
The Arc of the Storm (Signal Books, 1998)
Elegy for the Other Woman (Signal Books, 1996)
Flying Time (Signal Books, 1996)
Raking The Snow (Washington Writers' Publishing House, 1982)
Tightening The Circle Over Eel Country (Acropolis Books, 1974)
Prizes won: 

Tightening The Circle Over Eel Country won Great Lakes Colleges Association's "New Writer's Award") ; Raking The Snow and In Haste I Write You This Note: Stories & Half-Stories Washington Writers’ Publishing House winners; “Camille Pissarro’s THE BATHER Reminisces” won The Ledge 2011 poetry award; others. Pushcart nominations, etc.

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
RUSH OF SHADOWS by Catherine Bell, HEARSAY by Christopher Ankney, ASHES CAUGHT ON THE EDGE OF LIGHT by Winterhawk anthology

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
English American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Children
Fluent in: 
French, Russian
Born in: 
Kansas City
Raised in: 
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Last update: Jul 07, 2016