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Works & CV

Curriculum Vitae

Poems and essays by Elizabeth appear in literary journals and magazines including Reflections, West Marin Review, Silk Road, Orion, Parabola, Ions, Free State Review, Comstock Review, Eco-Citizen and Jung Journal. Her work is also published in On the Commons and Center for Humans and Nature. Her poems are anthologized in Know Me Here and Fire and Rain: Eco-Poetry of California, Face to Face: Women Writers on Faith, Mysticism and Awakening, and is included in the Save the Redwoods centennial, The Once and Future Forest (Heyday Books, 2019).


These books may be ordered from Elizabeth through the Contact link.

DESIRE BEING FULL OF DISTANCES - poetry, Calliopea Press
WHILE THE DISTANCE WIDENS - short fiction, Floating Island Press
THE STONES THE DARK EARTH - poetry, Harlequin Ink
REPORT - poetry, dPress
LANGUAGE FOR THE WILD - poetry, Quicksilver Mine Co. Gallery



Four-times Pushcart Prize in Poetry nominee

Shortlisted for both the Comstock Annual Poetry Award & Frontier Industry Prize in Poetry (2018)
Dana Prize in Poetry Finalist
James Hearst Poetry Prize Finalist
NEA /Community Foundation Grants to Individual Artists
The Foundation for Deep Ecology
PEN Radio Fiction Project
San Francisco Small Press Traffic Award for Poetry
The Mesa Refuge for Writers, Point Reyes, California
The Damian Foundation
Sonoma County Arts Award for Poetry
Negative Capability Fiction Award
Poets & Writers Readings & Workshops


Elizabeth has taught writing courses ranging from poetry to essay and fiction writing at Sonoma State University, where she also taught Contemplative Practices & Creative Process, Dreams & Creative Process. She developed the University's first general education inter-disciplinary ecology course and taught for ten years in the School of Expressive Arts, where she represented the dual disciplines of dance and creative writing. She is currently Faculty Emeritus.


She is also known for her collaborative work, including sculptor Bruce Johnson's Poetry House and his Doyle Library oak sculptures (accompanied by her haiku text). She has written text for both dance and vocal performances, and her Salmon Chant has been performed with dance and musical accompaniment. In 2001 both the Salmon Chant and her text for the dance, Water, were performed at the International Society for Ecological Restoration annual meeting.


Poets Editors & Novelists (PEN)
International League of Conservation Writers, Fellow
Academy of American Poets
Authors Guild
Association for Psychological Science
Poets & Writers
International Association for the Study of Dreams


A founding board member of the Climate Protection Campaign (now Center for Climate Protection, Elizabeth received her doctorate in Biopoetics, studying the origin of aesthetic behavior at the never-accredited University for Integrative Studies, a brief distance-learning off-shoot of the Harvard School of Education.

Forthcoming Publications

Lindenwood Review
Psychological Perspectives (Featured Poet 2015)
Whistling Shade
Free State Review
Chagrin River Review
North American Review (James Hearst Poetry Prize Finalist)
Comstock Review

Recent Publications - 2013-2015

"Redwood Creek Steelhead" and "Sempervirens"

"Redwood Creek Steelhead" and "Sempervirens" poems are featured in The Once and Future Forest

Aesthetica Arts & Culture

2013 Creative Writing Award winner

Dark Season

A group of poems published to accompany a collaborative performance
focused on the confusion and suffering of war.

The Poet's House

A book-length poem in four sections that refused to be turned to type and is thus handwritten in its final form.


Ordinary Mysticsm

This article was anthologized in Face to Face, Women Writers on Faith Mysticism and Awakening, Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2004.

Feeling, Art and Sustainable Civil Society

This article explores the connection between developed feeling and the role of art in the articulation of values. The author argues that a sustainable civil society depends upon our capacity to see ourselves as interdependent in a nonhierarchical web of living systems...

"Except By Light"

How do we learn to listen to our own soul's call? How do we find the eternal within the transient? This article explores these questions and argues that attending to the embodied world we strengthen its "light."