Mary Beth Ellis

is creating humor, life and twirly skirt appreciation, thought without furor
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About Mary Beth Ellis

Proud aunt Mary Beth Ellis is a freelance writer who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Blonde Champagne has existed in at least some form since 2003, and Mary Beth has been a regular columnist with one publication or another from the age of 16. She has also been published on MSNBC.com, Dish Pronto, JamsBio, On Her Game, and Freelance Switch. Her first book, Drink to the Lasses, was published in 2006.

A Cincinnati native, Mary Beth obtained her undergraduate degree at Saint Mary’s College, and was the first SMC student invited to read at the University of Notre Dame’s Literary Festival. Her vast and frightening array of day jobs after completing her MFA in nonfiction writing at Bennington College have included bodyguarding Jimmy Buffett, working in education at the Kennedy Space Center, and sports reporting for the Thoroughbred racing industry. She currently teaches college, gives literary readings, and stares into the middle distance. Her current work-in-progress is a set of essays inspired by shadowing the Ohio State University Marching Band for the 2011 season, much of which is chronicled here at the original  Blonde Champagne.

Her work has appeared in several anthologies: Grotto Stories, Calliope, 5 Must-Know Secrets for Every College Girl, Florida Crime Writers, and Random House’s Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers. Other credits include the Cincinnati Enquirer, Weber: The Contemporary West, Notre Dame Magazine, and many more. She was named the Erma Bombeck Humor Writers’Workshop Writer of the Month in November 2006 and is a former Artist In Residence with the National Parks. She has won several writing contests and scholarships to residencies which nobody has ever heard of.

She has met a person who for some reason married her, but she'd still very much like to be friends.

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