About Eli

Eli-Hastings-Headshot-Small-1024x819I’m an author and counselor living in Seattle with my brilliant, dancing doctor wife, Lili, and nutcase toddler, Pax. I believe deeply in the ability of narrative/storytelling to heal trauma, so I’m the Assistant Director of Pongo Teen Writing. Through both my books, but especially my recent memoir, you can see how the sorrows of mental disorder and addiction have affected my life. I see clients at Changing Stories Counseling ,teens, adults, families and couples. I also hold an MFA from UNC at Wilmington and teaching writing is part and parcel of what do in my work as a counselor. I hope to build a career of service to narrative and healing and plow the literary world with some novels, too.

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Carousel

  The light of the carousel is not kind. It’s the kind of light you’d expect in a dentist’s office, not searing down onto the fantastical hoop of painted ponies bobbing on brass poles and delighted, red-nosed toddlers. It seems that every carousel I’ve ever seen has one sleigh on it—a flat bench that might […]

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The Therapist in his Garden

To prepare, he drinks a solid bolt of midgrade whisky and pokes about until he finds his daughter’s ganja and clumsily presses in a bong toke, blowing it out the cracked window toward the garden like she must do but, unlike her, failing, half the plume turning back in on itself, stinking up the mussed […]

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Jesus Loves You

  My uncle Pat was one of those guys who stood on freeway overpasses and held huge signs that read Jesus loves you. He wasn’t a batshit crazy dude, either, just seemed to really enjoy his service. My dad used to say to him—my dad being a cutthroat corporate cat, quite distinct from his brother—that […]