Ellen was the 35th Writer in Residence at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. In May of 2016, she earned her M.F.A. from Hollins University's Jackson Center for Creative Writing, where she served as a Teaching Fellow and held a Jackson Graduate Fellowship. She received her B.A. from Yale College in 2009 and her M.A. from the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English in 2016. Before attending Hollins, Ellen taught middle school English and coached high school speech and debate at her alma mater, The Lovett School, in Atlanta, Georgia. In April of 2015, she was runner up for the Andrew James Purdy Prize for Short Fiction, and in May of 2016 she won the Melanie Hook Rice Award in the Novel. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where she serves as a high school social studies and creative writing teacher at Odyssey School. She is at work on her first novel as well as a number of stories, essays, and poems.