Elizabeth Ayres

Elizabeth Ayres

Elizabeth Ayres

Elizabeth Ayres founded the Elizabeth Ayres Center for Creative Writing in 1990. In early 2017, she retired to join the Sacred Monastery of St. Nina in Union Bridge, Maryland. The Center for Creative Writing continues under the directorship of Stacia M. Fleegal.

Elizabeth Ayres has been hailed by New York magazine, the Voice of America, New York Newsday, the Village Voice and The Woodstock Times for her groundbreaking teaching methods.

A writer and charismatic workshop leader for over 40 years, Ms. Ayres has taught at New York University and the College of New Rochelle; at the New York Open Center and Ghost Ranch Conference Center; through Poets-in-the-Schools and Poets & Writers; in libraries, senior centers and other public forums.

Ayres is an award-winning poet and writer, author of Home After Exile, Mirror of Our Becoming, Writing the Wave and Swimming the River of Stone, as well as the audio book series Creative Writing from A to Z and the audio books in the Invitation to Wonder ‘Journey’ Series (based on Mirror of Our Becoming.)  Currently she’s working on Azimuth of God: poems of absence & presence. Elizabeth holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Syracuse University, where she was a Cornelia Ward Fellow. Recently her work has appeared in Orion magazine; on the Burlesque Press Variety Show; on Krista Tippett’s OnBeing Blog; and in Van Gogh’s Ear. Elizabeth has been a guest on numerous radio programs, including The Joey Reynolds Show, The Tom Pope Show, Bill Thompson’s Eye on Books, WXRK’s Sunday Magazine, WOR’s America in the Morning.

Elizabeth talks about her background as a writer