Ellen Lansky was born in Minneapolis and grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. She went to college at the College of St. Catherine in St Paul, MN (BA in English) and graduate school at SUNY-Binghamton (MA in English/Creative Writing) and the University of Minnesota (PhD in English). Her scholarly work on literature and addiction has appeared in Dionysos, Literature and Medicine, and several anthologies. She has written essays about the work and lives of Ernest Hemingway and Djuna Barnes, the Fitzgeralds, Dorothy Parker and Katherine Anne Porter, Jane and Paul Bowles, Carson McCullers and Tennessee Williams. Her essay “Under the Covers with Melissa Etheridge” appeared in Singing For Themselves: Essays on Women in Popular Music. Her fiction has appeared in many local and national publications, including Sugar Mule, Evergreen Chronicles, and Stiller's Pond. In September, 2011, North Star Press of St. Cloud published her first novel, Golden Jeep.