Michelle Elvy is a writer and editor originally from the Chesapeake Bay, now based in Dunedin, 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 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 this year she is co-editing 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, Whangarei Poetry Walk, Reflex Fiction, Bath Flash Fiction Award and more.
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 former German historian and university lecturer. In recent years, 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. More about her editing, teaching and writing at michelleelvy.com
Lola Elvy teams up with Michelle to bring the 52|250 programme to youth. Lola’s teaching and editing work began with founding the online youth publication fingers comma toes in 2015. Published biannually, fingers comma toes features work by youth ages 4 to 26 from around the globe. Lola has worked with a variety of writing, from poetry to short stories, flash fiction to novel excerpts. She enjoys the challenge of working across forms, experimenting to bring out the author’s distinct voice.
Lola’s own writing consists of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, and she enjoys blurring the lines between genres; often the key principles of writing apply to any form, and the barriers can become blurred as the language and technique sharpen.
In 2019, Lola worked in Germany teaching English as a second language to students aged 12 through graduating secondary school, combining her passions in education and writing with the subtlety of language, both as communication and a form of art.
After growing up travelling on her sailboat Momo, Lola is now based in New Zealand, studying music and physics at the University of Otago. Her work has been published both in New Zealand and internationally, online and in book form, most recently in Fast Fibres, Olentangy Review and the 2018 inaugural publication of The Larger Geometry: poems for peace. A sampling of her work can be found at lolaelvy.wordpress.com.