Ellen Finnigan was born in Omaha, Nebraska. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in English 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. Because of her political shenanigans, Vanity Fair named her “The Unlikely Mastermind Behind the Impeach Obama Movement.” In 2010, she moved from Colorado to rural Massachusetts to live on a Catholic commune. Then she moved from rural Massachusetts to Georgia to flee a Catholic commune. She now lives in Athens, GA. In 2011, she published her first book, The Me Years, a work of creative nonfiction. She regularly contributes essays to LewRockwell.com and AltCatholicah.com, among other places.