Ellen Black is writing a book that describes growing up in a religious cult in East Texas. She earns a living as a technical writer and works as an intuitive counselor, while also blogging about Life on her web site, www.9elephants.com. Ellen’s poetry has been published in Illya's Honey, the Fauquier Poetry Journal, and South Ash Press and will soon be published in The Smoking Poet and Eclectic Flash. In 2005, Ellen won first prize in the Richardson Public Library's annual poetry contest. Ellen and her daughter are still trying to figure out why the Universe won't let them leave Texas.