About Eli

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I’m an author and counselor living in Seattle with my nutcase chihuahua terrier, and brilliant son, 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. Because of this I just finished my MA in Marriage and Family Therapy and clinical internship and externship counseling youth and am proud to call myself a marriage and family therapist associate. I see clients through my practice at Changing Stories Counseling. 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.


  • My latest book, Clearly Now, the Rain: A Memoir of Love and Other Trips, was published by ECW Press in May 2013.
  • My first book, Falling Room (2006), a memoir/essay collection, won Best Nonfiction Thesis at UNCW in 2004.
  • I earned an MFA and taught Creative Nonfiction and English courses at the UNC at Wilmington.
  • I’m a nonfiction editor at the online literary journal Cedars.
  • My fiction and nonfiction has appeared in: Rivendell, Third Coast, Cimarron Review,Pinyon, Whetstone, Alligator Juniper, Pedestal Magazine, the Seattle Review,Wandering Army, The Tulane Review, Blood Lotus, R.kv.r.y, Flashquake, 580 Split, YES! Magazine and 10,000 Tons of Black Ink, Lightship Anthology 2 , The Rumpus , Huffpost Good News and most recently at The Weeklings. 
  • I’ve been anthologized in Men Speak Out (Routledge Press, UK, 2007), AmericanLives: A Reader (University of Nebraska Press, edited by Tobias Wolff, 2010), Show & Tell: Writers on Writing (University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2009) and will appear in 10,000 Tons of Black Ink “Best Of” Volume II.

Awards and Accolades:

  • Selected and profiled (forthcoming) as one of “13 Artists Poised to Shape the Future of Arts in the Northwest in 2013” in the Seattle Times
  • Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, once for the essay I placed with Third Coast and most recently for my short story “Ghost Train” at 10,000 Tons of Black Ink.
  • The essay at Alligator Juniper won their nonfiction contest.
  • I’ve also had several honorable mentions and runner up accolades, but you know about horseshoes and hand grenades.

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