On Writing

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”

-Anton Chekok

Ellen Austin-Li writes poetry, essays, and creative non-fiction about family, relationships, alcoholism/addiction and recovery.

Poetry Night at Sitwell’s:

*** Ellen co-curates a monthly poetry series, Poetry Night at Sitwell’s. Go to the Events page for information on this series, which meets the 1st Tues. of every month.***

***The series is now on ZOOM d/t the pandemic.***
Visit the FB page for monthly feature info & the Zoom registration link (or link below): https://www.facebook.com/poetryatsitwells ***

Dec.7th, 2021: Anders Carlson-Wee
Zoom room opens at 6:30 for “coffee talk.” Open Mic every month!
The readings start at 7 PM!

REGISTRATION for December 7th, 2021 (link changes monthly):


Listen to Ellen Austin-Li’s interview about her poetry collection, “Firefly,” on Cincinnati’s NPR station, WVXU, here: https://www.wvxu.org/post/national-poetry-month-meet-local-poet-ellen-austin-li#stream/0


ORDER Lockdown: Scenes from Early in the Pandemic, Finishing Line Press August 6th, 2021:

ORDER Firefly:

Order Firefly from the publisher below. You can also click on the book image to take you directly to Finishing Line Press.

Header photo courtesy of Jolly Li