A sampling. You know. In case you’re interested…


  • I presented on the Indiana Writers’ Center 1st ever Facebook Live Open House, Saturday, May 23, reading my essay, “Aftermath.”
  • I presented remotely at AWP 2020 in Texassssss, March 5, 2020! Whooo!

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  • I’ll be appearing half-dressed and fully disheveled in the bathroom mirror tomorrow morning (A.K.A.: mid-afternoon). Cashme ousside. Howbowdah?

Okay. It’s meeeee:

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  • I presented at Hippocamp18! Lancaster, PA, at some point during August 24 – 26, 2018 @ some time that I hoped to hell wasn’t morning.
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  • I presented at Hippocamp17! September 10, 2017 @ 8:45–10:00 A.M.
  • Reading at the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, University of Mississippi, November 19, 2014
  • Reading and Authors’ Panel, Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, GA, August 31, 2014


Memoir & Personal Essays

50, and a Reluctant Porn Star,” PULPMAG, on Medium, May, 2020 (reprint of “Porn Star”)

​“Serial Killers Among Us: Meditations on the World’s Most Controversial Punctuation Mark,” The Writer, December, 2017

“Mother” and “The Other ‘F’ Word” (reprint, not available online), Gnu Journal, Spring & Summer 2017

Mama’s Strawberry Candies​,” Blogghetti, April, 2017

“Tiny Truth,” Creative Nonfiction (Issue #61, Winter 2017; not available online); Winner of Daily Tiny Truths Twitter Contest

The Math of Marriage,” Creative Nonfiction (Issue #59, Spring 2016); Best Essay Prize, July, 2016; Pushcart Prize nominee

The Other F Word,” Hippocampus Magazine theme issue, July, 2015; Semi-finalist, Mark Twain Humor Writing Awards, 2015

Honeymoon,” Hippocampus Magazine, January, 2015; Finalist for 2014 Remember in November

Porn Star,” Southern Sin: True Stories of the Sultry South & Women Behaving Badly, anthology of nonfiction, 2014 

Things You Should Never, Ever, Ever Say to Your Children,” Superstition Review, December, 2010

“At Night,” (not available online) Sonora Review, June, 2010

Aftermath,”Brevity, Issue 32, January, 2010 (Included in US and international curriculum/college creative writing programs… )  

Did you think I was joking??  ⇓⇓⇓

Human Interest, Personal Profiles, Scholarly Articles

(not available online)

  • ​“Journey to Memoir: Reaching and Retrieving Long-Lost Memories,” The AWP Pedagogy Papers 2010
  • “Don’t Open That Door!” Indianapolis Star, October, 2008
  • “They’re Baack! Youngsters Descend Upon Zionsville Schools,” Indianapolis Star, August, 2008
  • 100+ human interest and personal profile articles, com and The East County Gazette, 2008-2009

Guest Blogs​

Fiction ​

  • The Arcade at Midnight,” Grand Prize, Haunted Waters Press: Penny Fiction, 16 Lovely Words: A Flash-Fiction Writing Competition, March, 2016

  • Murdoch’s Mansion,” First Place, 2014 Halloween Writing Contest, Current
  • “Blutarsky’s Exotic Animal House,” (not available online) The GNU, Literary Journal of National University, 2010


  • We Can Only Navigate with What We Know,” A Conversation with Elane Johnson by Rachel Ann Brickner, Creative Nonfiction, Issue #59
  • An Interview with Author Elane Johnson,” (currently unavailable online) Haunted Waters Press, August 15, 2016


YouTube Presentations​

Images/Videos, Reviews & Press





HippoCamp18 Inaugural Story Slam Competition, Winner, “Courage”
The judges and winners after the HippoCamp18 Story Slam

Presenting at HippoCamp17
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