The spotlight shone brightly on Ansel Elkins earlier this year when she received the Yale Younger Poets Prize, one of America’s oldest literary awards.

The UNCG MFA in Creative Writing alumna was featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and the Paris Review Daily.

And it shone brightly again this week, as she was profiled in The New Yorker magazine – with a pen-and-ink caricature. The article depicts her time this summer in a writer’s residency in Manhattan.

Her debut collection of poems, “Blue Yodel,” is set for publication in April by Yale University Press.

Elkins received her MFA in 2009. She lives in Greensboro with her husband, Dr. Revell Carr, professor of ethnomusicology at UNCG.

She enjoys attending the readings sponsored by the UNCG MFA program. The community will enjoy hearing her read from her collection next spring when it’s published.

See The New Yorker article: “A Room of One’s Own.”

See Elkins’ web site at

By Mike Harris