Michelle Elvy is a writer and editor originally from the Chesapeake Bay, now based in Ōtepoti Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand. She works with novelists, short story writers, memoirists, essayists and poets to help them find their voice and hone their words.
She is Assistant Editor for the international Best Small Fictions series and Reviews Editor for Landfall, New Zealand’s oldest literary journal. She is also founder of Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction and National Flash Fiction Day NZ. In 2018 she co-edited Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand and in 2020 Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We Are New Zealand, with Paula Morris and James Norcliffe. She has guest edited at SmokeLong Quarterly and has judged writing competitions for South Island Writers’ Association, Whangārei Poetry Walk, Reflex Fiction, Retreat West, Bath Flash Fiction Award and more. In 2021 and 2022, she is judging the Bath Novella-In-Flash Award.
A Pushcart nominee, a Watson Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar and a finalist or winner in a handful of international writing competitions, Michelle was once upon a time a German historian and university lecturer. She has been the recipient of a New Zealand Society of Authors/Auckland Museum Library grant and a New Zealand Society of Authors mentorship grant. She is also a NZ Society of Authors Mentor and Manuscript Assessor.
Michelle’s poetry, fiction, travel writing, creative nonfiction and reviews have been widely published and anthologised. Her book, the everrumble (Ad Hoc Fiction 2019) – a small novel in small forms – was published in 2019. The book was long-listed in The Guardian‘s Not-The-Booker Prize and has been met with critical acclaim. Her hybrid collection, the other side of better, was released to critical acclaim in 2021. More about her editing, teaching and writing at michelleelvy.com
Lola Elvy brings the 52|250 programme to youth and students. Lola has edited emerging writers in poetry and short stories, essays and novel excerpts. She enjoys the challenge of working across forms and experimenting to bring out each writer’s distinct voice. Key principles of writing apply to any form, and the boundaries can become blurred as the language and technique sharpen.