Lisa Ellison is a writing instructor, freelance editor, and program manager at WriterHouse, a nonprofit writing center that promotes the development of writers. Before pursuing a life of words, she earned an Ed.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from James Madison University and worked as a special education teacher and mental health counselor. Her essays have appeared in The Rumpus, The Guardian, Gravel, Streetlight, and The Rusty Nail. She is currently working on a memoir about growing up in the Rust Belt.