Ellen Finnigan was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with an English degree from Boston College. Formerly a political columnist for The Journal Newspapers in Washington D.C., she received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from The University of Montana. There she won the 2008 Merriam-Frontier Award, given to one student each year for distinguished achievement in writing. The judges’ remarks:
She confronts freshly both urban and wild settings in gorgeous language. She works in an admirable range of styles and is unafraid to take risks. Her prose moves between external and internal landscapes in ways that are original and alive.
While in Montana, she also staged a coup. In 2008, Vanity Fair called her “The Unlikely Mastermind Behind the Impeach Obama Movement.” In 2010, she moved from Colorado to rural Massachusetts to live on a Catholic commune. In 2011, she moved from rural Massachusetts to Georgia to flee a Catholic commune.
Her book The Me Years is a work of creative nonfiction. Lately she’s been writing essays and lazily blogging here. You can also find her writing in Humor: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press 2014).