Jelly Bucket 8 Staff
A Kentucky native and lover of language, Ellen joined the Jelly Bucket staff in August 2017 after a first career in book publishing and project coordination (Paris, France, 1999-2013), followed by KY state teaching certification (P-12 French and ESL, 2014-2016). She is currently drafting a first novel inspired by her Paris years, and is grateful to the EKU Writing Project and Bluegrass Writers Studio for the opportunity to workshop initial excerpts of her manuscript. Ellen workshopped her book project under the direction of Robert Olmstead and Carter Sickels during the BGWS 2017 Lisbon summer residency, which she describes as "life changing" and plans to attend again. Ellen is an experienced copy editor, content writer, and publishing coordinator, and is delighted to contribute her skills to the Jelly Bucket family.
Sherri Ann Williams
Sherri is a fiction writer from Louisville, Kentucky where she writes surrounded by her very own miniature zoo of rescue dogs and cats, as well as snakes and other reptiles. The newest addition is a Burmese python named Pharaoh. She has been published in Aurora Literary Journal, studied English Education as an undergrad, and is now working on her Master of the Arts in Creative Writing. She works during the day as a coordinator at the Kentucky Humane Society where she also writes articles for their Paw Street Journal. In between, she travels to places this side of the United States like Ohio and Texas to renaissance festivals for inspiration for her fantasy and otherworldly works. Huzzah!
Like a lot of other writers, Leslie Scheuler has kept a journal and written poems and stories for most of her life. As part of her day job as a consultant, researcher, and report-writer for nonprofit organizations, Leslie has published numerous articles for scholarly journals, government agencies, and national nonprofits. However, the first publications of her creative work occurred after her first year with BGWS. Leslie is the Poetry Editor for Jelly Bucket, and teaches a course in creative writing for men newly released from prison. Leslie and her teenage son live in St. Louis, Missouri.
Sarah Diamond Burroway
Creative Nonfiction Editor
Sarah Diamond Burroway is thrilled to be part of the creative community of Bluegrass Writers Studio at Eastern Kentucky University. She was a Summer 2017 writing resident in the Kentucky Foundation for Women's "Voice Lessons" project led by state Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon. Sarah's work is included in the Women of Appalachia Project’s Women Speak. Her essays and poems have been published in Still: The Journal, The Bitter Southerner’s Folklore Project, and The Worcester Journal. Her plays and monologues have been produced in NY, CA, WV, OH and KY. This fall, Sarah's work will be featured along with 17 other writers as part of Ever After, a dance/spoken word performance of Lexington's movement continuum. Sarah serves as Director of External Relations at Ohio University Southern in Ironton.
Lindsey S. Frantz
Lindsey is a writer of fiction and poetry. She graduated with an MFA in creative writing from Bluegrass Writers Studio in 2012. She lives in the sleepy, art-rich town of Berea, Kentucky with her husband, their two small children, and a slew of animals. Her short stories and poems have appeared in various literary journals including Main Street Rag's Villains Anthology, Paradigm, Emerge Literary Journal, and Young Ravens Literary Review. Her first novel, The Upworld, was released from Line by Lion Publications in August of 2017. She loves dragons, cats, rainbows, trees, and Star Trek (in no particular order) and teaches yoga on the side.
Taylor is a writer of poetry and an aspiring creative nonfiction and screenwriter (winning an Oscar for writing is sort of on her bucket list). She graduated with a BS in journalism and creative writing from the University of Central Missouri in 2007 and a M.Ed. in 2014 from Rockhurst University in Kansas City. She lives in Overland Park, Kansas (a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri) with her husband, their toddler, a chihuahua, and a miniature schnauzer. During her undergrad studies, she served as an assistant editor for Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing and Arcade literary magazines. She was a featured poet for a local reading series in 2006 and was named an honorable mention for the David Baker writing award. She was also nominated for the Intro Journals Award by her creative writing faculty. While she pursues her MFA in poetry from Eastern Kentucky University, she’s a high school teacher, teaching sophomore and junior English. Recently, she was named a finalist for Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year and is currently a Fellow for the Missouri Teacher Academy. When she’s not changing the world, she enjoys antique shopping for mid-century modern furniture, skateboarding (as a spectator), traveling, and sneaking in naps any time she can. She’s also The Weeknd’s biggest fan.
MTS Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville TN
MLAS Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN
BFA Art Center College of Design, Pasadena CA
Alec is a writer of fiction and poetry. He is graduating in December 2017 from Eastern Kentucky University and will enter the Bluegrass Writers Studio in Spring 2018. He mainly writes science fiction. In his off time, you can find him watching old foreign films with his wife, doing yoga, reading whatever he can, or nostalgically surfing the Virtual Plaza while slowed down elevator music from the 1980s interspersed with drums and repetitive keyboards plays in the background. The Virtual Plaza is ~ A E S T H E T I C A L L Y ~ pleasing.
Creative Nonfiction Reader
Wendy has published several short stories and novellas online, and accidentally spent a year and a half as a book doctor. Family members, upon reading her work in an anthology called Fight Like a Girl, noted that of all the stories, Wendy’s was “probably the best one,” while also encouraging the other authors to “keep writing.”
Wendy lives in Richmond, Kentucky, and is excited to be at EKU and a part of the Bluegrass Writers Studio.
Lance Hood works as a freelance writer and editor primarily within the world of competitive gaming, and has been a part of the Jelly Bucket team for three years. He recently defended his graduate thesis.
When he isn’t slapping his keyboard or staring at a flickering cursor, Lance enjoys tinkering with technology, taste testing local brews, and turning rejection slips into art.
Micah McGurk is originally from Richmond, EKU class of '95. He recently moved back home after twenty years in Los Angeles. He studied screenwriting at UCLA and has worked as a ghost writer, consultant, or editor for commercials, treatments, pilots, and screenplays since 2003.
Jane A. Mortkowitz is a freelance editor and Associate Editor for Apex Publications in Lexington, KY. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Kentucky University, writes short and long fiction, and has been published in The Limestone. When Jane isn't editing, writing, or gaining life experiences to inspire her work, she proudly embraces her love of genre fiction, consuming science fiction, fantasy, and mystery novels as often and quickly as she can manage.
Creative Nonfiction Reader
Deri is a writer of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She has been creating stories in her head since she first learned the power of words, long before she knew how to read or write. She completed her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Eastern Kentucky University. She has won several college-level writing contests and has been published in Eastern’s Aurora Journal, Pluck! Journal of Affrilachian Arts and Culture, Kudzu Literary Journal, Still: The Journal, and Thin Air Magazine. Some of her other hobbies and interests include motorcycles, gardening (badly), naps, and not saying no to animals in need. To pay the bills, she works as a freelance writer and editor. Originally from New York City and raised in Florida, Deri now calls Kentucky home, living in Richmond with her three rescue beagles and one inadvertent cat.