Elaine Ford, Professor Emerita of English at the University of Maine, is the author of six book-length works of fiction: The American Wife: Stories (University of Michigan Press, 2007), Life Designs (Zoland, 1997), Monkey Bay (Viking Penguin, 1989), Ivory Bright (Viking Penguin, 1986), Missed Connections (Random House, 1983), and The Playhouse (McGraw-Hill, 1980), which was a New York Times notable book of the year. Her short stories and articles have been featured in literary magazines and newspapers, including North American Review, Colorado Review, Nebraska Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Boston Globe, and The Miami Herald. The recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Michigan Literary Fiction Award, Elaine was also named an honorary member of Harvard University’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter in recognition of her lifetime achievement in the arts. Following her retirement, she turned her attention to genealogical research and her latest project, God’s Red Clay, is a historical novel set in nineteenth-century Alabama and Mississippi and based on the lives of her great-great grandparents and their six children.
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