Ellen O'Connell has been published in several national literary magazines and is a contributing writer to the forthcoming book, The Moment (2011 Harper Perennial). This year she was nominated for the 2011 Pushcart Award and currently teaches creative writing at UC Santa Barbara. When she is not writing, Ellen watches Masterpiece Mystery shows and makes strawberry shortcake. She is happy to be back in California where there is such good horchata and plans someday to subscribe to The New Yorker.
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