AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • WHEATS VOTED “BEST EMERGING ARTIST” IN NASHVILLE’S DELI MAGAZINE

  • FINALIST FOR THE 2019 PALETTE POETRY PRIZE

  • 2019 STEVE KEMP WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE THROUGH THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS ASSOCIATION

  • 2017 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE AT THE AUSTIN CARY MEMORIAL FOREST

  • 2014 “BEST ZINE” WINNER AT ST. PETERSBURG ANNUAL ZINE FEST for “L.I.F.U. Volumes I & II”

  • BRAIN F≠’S “HAND’S IN THE JAR” VOTED A “BEST SONG OF 2011” BY AMAZON MUSIC

  • BRAIN F≠’S “EMPTY SET” VOTED A “BEST RECORD OF 2014” BY DAVE MARTIN OF MATADOR DIRECT

TESTIMONIALS

"Elise Anderson is a top-rate poet, songwriter, essayist, fiction writer, and editor. She’s adept at so many different genres because she understands the creative process and how to transform impulses and observations. She has valuable lessons to teach anyone interested in tapping into their natural creativity.”

- Jeff Jackson, author of Destroy All Monsters

“Elise is well-read and keeps ahead in her field, always ready with fresh insights, ideas, and recommendations. She's intelligent, curious, and forever on the look-out for solutions – an attitude very much needed at this time. One of her biggest strengths is her ability to speak to a wide range of experience at the same time. Her passion immediately comes through in her teaching style, and she finds creative ways to help all her students thoroughly understand the material. She genuinely loves her work and has an infectious belief in the power of writing to build a better world.”

- Cynthia Barnett, Environmental Journalist and Author of Rain, A Natural and Cultural History

Elise is one of the most thoughtful, creative, and organized colleagues I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Her people skills are unmatched, lending her an easy approachability that encourages teamwork and collaboration amongst everyone in the team. Her confidence and intelligence make her an excellent leader and her creativity has lead to some of the most outstanding projects I have had the pleasure of working on.”

- Brian Creech, Assistant Professor of Journalism at Temple University 

"Elise Anderson is an exceptional, highly dependable talent who thinks creatively and delivers professional work. As Culture Editor and Director of Social Media for Charlotte Viewpoint, Elise has shown strategic thinking, command of skills, and highly personable traits in defining both positions. She takes complete ownership over what she delivers."

- Mark Peres, Professor, Podcaster, Publisher, Essayist


“Elise Anderson's poems have changed the way I experience the natural world. Her work doesn't merely impart the beauty of its subjects; it makes those subjects themselves more beautiful for the reader to behold from then on. She uses language to locate the infinitesimal thread that runs through all things, and to tug on it just a little so the rest of us can see it dance. Hers is a rare and transformative gift."

- Trevor Crown, Writer

“The workshop I took from Elise, “The Write Experience: Creative Ways To Record Your Days” was invaluable—it reminded me that there were other ways of seeing. The interdisciplinary approach made the core philosophies on creativity and imagination tangible and easy to understand… Her penchant for giving the class unusual modes of observation means that you’ll never be bored— it’s like learning from Ms. Frizzle, and I love it. The way she breaks down exercises makes you realize that what you learn is applicable not just to your current project, but future ones too. Her teaching style is supportive and encouraging, even if the task before you seems daunting.”

- Latria Graham, Journalist, Writer, Cultural Critic

“Being a student of someone whose creative intuition is so finely honed was a wonderful experience. Even though it’s been years since I was in Elise’s class, I still apply the skills she taught in my everyday writing.”

- Emily Hill, Poet


”Elise’s ability to craft an engaging curriculum is the best I’ve ever experienced. She is a creative force. Her passion for her subject matter is apparent on every slide- it is infectious.”

- Erin Olivia Anderson, Founder/CEO of Olivia Management & Educate for Olivia Management