Gifted writer of prose, creative non-fiction, and poetry, Colleen J. McElroy is a Professor Emeritus of English

and creative writing at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.

In addition to serving as Editor-in-chief of the Seattle Review from 1995-2006,

McElroy has published nine collection of poems, most recently, Sleeping with the Moon (2007),

for which she received a 2008 PEN/Oakland National Literary Award.

Her latest collections of creative non-fiction include: A Long Way from St. Louie (travel memoirs), and

Over the Lip of the World: Among the Storytellers of Madagascar, (finalist in the 2000 PEN USA Research-based Creative Nonfiction category).

Among her numerous awards, she has received the Before Columbus American Book Award,

she also has received two Fulbright Research Fellowships, two NEA Fellowships (in both fiction and poetry),

a DuPont Visiting Scholar Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Fellowship.

Her work has been translated into Russian, Italian, Arabic, Greek, French, German, Malay, and Serbo-Croatian.


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A Long Way from St. Louie
Coffee House Press (Minneapolis, MN), Copyright © 1997 by Colleen J. McElroy

McElroy's marvelous sense of humor shines out and her deeply-felt sense of otherness...colors her musings, giving them texture and depth. This is a stunning piece of writing. - Kirkus Review

Over the Lip of the World: Among the Storytellers of Madagascar
University of Washington Press (Seattle), Copyright © 1999 by Colleen J. McElroy

McElroy - one of the country's most versatile writers - scores large with this book about her adventures among the storytellers of Madagascar. Her characters and scenes are as fabulous as those found in a novel. - Ishmael Reed

Travelling Music
StoryLine Press (Ashland, OR), Copyright © 1998 by Colleen J. McElroy

McElroy writes of travel...the migrations of sleep, mortality, time, and imagination. The result is a poetry of kickass similes and mentioned unmentionables. In an age of well-behaved poetics, such and uncompromising stand is as necessary as it is refreshing. - Alice Fulton

Page to Page: Retrospectives from the Seattle Review
University of Washington Press (Seattle, WA), Copyright © 2006 by Colleen J. McElroy

In their own work and through astute interviews, photos, and biographical articles, the prominent writers in this retrospective come vividly to life. - Brenda Peterson

Sleeping with the Moon
University of Illinois Press (Urbana, Ill), Copyright © 2007 by Colleen J. McElroy

Sleeping with the Moon is a voyage, a map of images that captures what we humans do to survive with grace. - Yusef Komunyakaa