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I was born and raised in Salem, Oregon, and became a Shakespearean and professor of
English and writing at Eastern Oregon University, where I also served as Dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences and where I was recipient of the Woman of Vision and
Courage Award. Prior to this I was a professor at the State University of New York, where
I received both the President’s and the Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching and
was Chair of Undergraduate Studies in English and co-director of the Humanities Center. I
have conducted research at the Folger Shakespeare Library and received an American
Council of Learned Societies Grant to participate in the World Shakespeare Conference in Berlin. I specialize in
studies of metaphor, particularly metaphors of value and coinage, and am author of Econolingua (1985), soon to be
reissued as Shakespeare’s Money Talks. I am also a feminist, and my articles on Renaissance dramatist Elizabeth
Carey and on Ophelia in Hamlet are widely reprinted. As a Research Fellow at the Oregon State University Center
for the Humanities, I applied metaphors of value and valuation to Shakespeare’s history plays. My scholarly articles
appear in various learned journals. In the Oregon Chautauqua Program I gave talks around the state on “My
Shakespeare,” ways in which different eras have invented their versions of our English bard. And I was honored in
2009 to be inducted into the North Salem High School Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement.
I have spent the last decade as a creative writer of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and drama. My works appear
in various literary magazines, and I was a recipient of the Oregon Literary Arts fellowship award in drama. I am
founder and organizer of the Northwest Poets’ Concord and a sustaining member of the Tuesday Writers of
Waldport. I served for years as president of Writers on the Edge. I was thrilled to have a haiku accepted for the
Haiku Wall in Bend. Recent books include two poetry collections, Poems Along the Way and Lost and Found, and
two novels looking for homes, Shakespeare’s Pipe and The Lighthouse Ghost at Yaquina Bay. With colleague Ruth
F. Harrison I’m an editor for our small press, Turnstone Books of Oregon, LLC. I live happily wedged between tall
spruce and the sea on the central Oregon coast.
Website address: http://sites.google.com/site/ sandraellston
Groundwaters 2016: An Anthology: "To Hear the Mermaids Singing" (non-fiction/nature) - page 9
Groundwaters 2017: An Anthology: "Falling Into the North Fork" (non-fiction/memories) - page 55; "Not Over"
(poetry/nature) - page 62; "Don't IM Me" (essay/life's lessons) - page 103
Groundwaters 2020: An Anthology "The Year of Crises Issue": "All Roads Lead to Roman Nose" - page 106;
"This Train Don’t... Or, You Can’t... Get There from Here" - page 220