The short version:
I’m a black feminist writer of poetry, plays, essays, novels, and stories for children. I was born and raised in Canada, but have lived in the US for nearly 20 years. I currently live in my beloved Brooklyn. When I’m not writing, you might find me strolling through the botanic garden…
The long version:
I earned my PhD in American Studies from NYU in 2003; I have taught at Ohio University, Louisiana State University, Mount Holyoke College, Hunter College, and Bard High School Early College. I currently teach in the Center for Ethnic Studies at Borough of Manhattan Community College. My poetry has been published in the Cave Canem anthology, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, Check the Rhyme: an Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees, and Coloring Book: an Eclectic Anthology of Fiction and Poetry by Multicultural Writers. My novella, Plastique, was excerpted in T Dot Griots: an Anthology of Toronto’s Black Storytellers, and my essays have appeared in School Library Journal, Horn Book Magazine, Hunger Mountain, and The Huffington Post. I won the Honor Award in Lee & Low Books’ New Voices Contest, and my picture book, Bird, was published in October 2008. My first play, Nothing but a Woman, was a finalist in the Chicago Dramatists’ Many Voices Project (2006). My fourth full-length play, Connor’s Boy, was staged in January 2008 as part of two new play festivals: in Cleveland, OH as part of Karamu House’s R. Joyce Whitley Festival of New Plays ARENAFEST, and in New York City as part of Maieutic Theatre Works’ Newborn Festival. My one-act play, girl/power, was staged as part of New Perspectives Theater’s NYC festival of women’s work, GIRLPOWER, in August 2008. My young adult novel, A Wish After Midnight, was published by AmazonEncore in February 2010; my second YA novel, Ship of Souls, was published in February 2012. My short story, “Sweet Sixteen,” was published in Cornered: 14 Stories of Bullying and Defiance in July 2012. My latest novel, The Deep, was published in November 2013. I currently live in Brooklyn…
Email me: info at zettaelliott dot com
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“Writers of Colour in Conversation“ (Canadian Children’s Book News, Summer 2013)