A writer, director, actor, and aspiring gadfly, Jeff Ellis was born circa 1973 in Dallas, Texas and hasn´t died yet. When asked what exactly he´s spent the last few years doing, Mr. Ellis responded, "Oh, y´know, just some -- y´know, stuff." It was soon discovered that the question had been asked to a Mr. Jeff Ellis from Port Hunga, Wisconsin. When the correct Jeff Ellis was tracked down, he answered the same question at outrageous length. In the interests of mercy, his answer has been condensed below.
According to Ellis, he has been writing for as long as he can remember and recently, some of his scribblings even started to form coherent words. Since 1995, he has had over 100 short stories and poems published in various small press magazines across the world, including The Maverick Press, Rocket Press, Sophomore Jinx, In Your Face, Illya´s Honey, Poetic Expressions, The Ebbing Tide, and Dream International Quarterly amongst others.
Jeff is the author of two short story collections: It´s Impossible To Start A Fire If You Have No Desire To Burn (2004) and Oswald Acted Alone (2006).
He has appeared in nearly sixty plays in the Dallas/DFW area and has written and directed ten plays of his own. After cofounding the Underground Theatre of Denton, Texas in 1996, he served as that rebellious organization´s President from 1997 to 2000.
He has performed his poetry several times at Club Dada in Dallas, Texas. He is also one of the founders of the performance art group N.O.T. (the National Organic Theatre) which has performed at both Club Dada and at a performance arts festival in Longmont, Colorado.
From 1995 to 1998, Ellis served as editor of Jack the Daw, a Journal of the Arts, a small press litzine that piled up some good reviews and no money.
He has directed two short films -- Bad Acid Trip("Hey," he explained, "I was young and middle class. What else was I going to make a movie about?") and his masterpiece, The War of the Cans(an animated film detailing the tragic conflict between Dr. Pepper and Nestea).
In the year 2000, he was briefly a Libertarian candidate for the U.S. House. For an even shorter
amount of time, he was a candidate for the 2008 Libertarian Presidential nomination. Both campaigns ended as soon as Jeff sobered up.
When reviewing Ellis´s poetry, Robert L. Penick (editor of Chance Magazine) said, "The future might very well see Ellis become the Warren Zevon of American poetry." Ellis isn´t quite sure what that means but hey, there´s worse things in the world than being compared to one of the most brilliant musicians of our time.
Now living in the suburbs of Dallas, Jeff is devoting his time to his writing, his cat, and his blog.
As always, he welcomes any and all correspondence at email@example.com.
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