990 Flambeau Ave, Phillips, WI 54555, United States
Mary Ellis started her education at Phillips High School, graduating in 1978.
8089 Globe Dr, Woodbury, MN 55125, United States
Mary Ellis earned an Associate Degree in Para-Legal Studies, at Minnesota School of Business.
Minneapolis, MN 55455, United States
Mary Ellis earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis on minority and woman’s literature at the University of Minnesota.
Iowa City, IA 52242, United States
Mary Ellis earned a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration at the University of Iowa.
507 N Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52245, United States
Mary Ellis earned a Master of Arts in Fine Arts at Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop.
Mary Ellis holds one of her novels - The Bohemian Flats.
(The Turtle Warrior is the story of the Lucas family, who ...)
The Turtle Warrior is the story of the Lucas family, who live in a beautiful and remote part of Wisconsin inhabited by working-class European immigrants and the Ojibwe. By 1967 the Lucas farm has fallen into disrepair, thanks to the hard-drinking of John Lucas, who brutalizes his wife and two sons. When the eldest, James, escapes by enlisting to fight in Vietnam, he leaves young Bill alone to protect his mother with only his own will and the spirit of his brother to guide him. Beautifully written and deeply felt, The Turtle Warrior takes readers from the heartland of America to the battlefields of World War II and Vietnam weaving a haunting tale of an unforgettable world where the physical and spiritual, the past and the present, merge.
(In The Bohemian Flats, Mary Relindes Ellis’s rich, imagin...)
In The Bohemian Flats, Mary Relindes Ellis’s rich, imaginative gift carries the reader from the bourgeois world of fin de siècle Germany to a vibrant immigrant enclave in the heart of the Midwest and to the killing fields of World War I. The Bohemian Flats conjures both the sweep of irresistible history and the intimate reality of a man and a family, caught up in it. From a nineteenth-century German farm to the thriving, wildly diverse immigrant village below Minneapolis on the Mississippi to the European front in World War I, and returning to twentieth-century America - this is a story that takes a reader to the far reaches of human experience and the depths of the human heart.
Mary Ellis started her education at Phillips High School, graduating in 1978. Later, she earned an Associate Degree in Para-Legal Studies, at Minnesota School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis on minority and woman’s literature at the University of Minnesota. Her final step in education were two Master’s Degrees from the University of Iowa - in Fine Arts, at Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop, and in Higher Education Administration.
Throughout her life course, Mary Ellis worked at a number of positions - cleaning cabins at an upscale resort, assisting her mother, who was a public health nurse, working as an administrative staff support member for entomologists, wildlife and fisheries biologists, archaeologists, anthropologists, engineers, architects, and eventually as the associate administrator in the English Department at the University of Minnesota. She formerly owned a 100-acre farm, co-operated a Christmas wreath business, and grew local genotype prairie seed for prairie restoration.
Ellis began her writing career publishing short stories. Her first novel, The Turtle Warrior, was a finalist for the Great Lakes Book Awards, was an Official Pulpwood Queens Book Club Selection, made Amazon.com’s 25 fiction picks of 2004, and was a BookSense Pick. Her fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train magazine, The Wisconsin Academy Review, and in anthologies such as Uncommon Waters: Women Write About Fishing, Gifts from the Wild, and others. Her essay, "The Big Cow: Writing in Flyover Land," was published on-line by Powells.com.
Ellis has given countless informal talks, speeches, and conference calls to libraries, radio stations, book clubs, weekend retreats, and bookstore audiences. Other credits include serving as the Keynote Speaker at the 2004 Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards and the Writer in Residence at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls in April of 2008. Her second novel, The Bohemian Flats, was published in April 2014.