Ellen Stone lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she raised three daughters with her husband, Roger Lauer. She taught special education in Ann Arbor Public Schools from kindergarten to high school for over 30 years. Ellen co-founded a poetry club at Community High School where she taught for her last 20+ years. She continues to advise Community High's Poetry Club and brings in local and nationally known guest poets, helps organize a slam team, hosts school readings, and creates a weekly writing space for students. Ellen is also a co-host for a local Ann Arbor poetry series, Skazat! Additionally, she is a volunteer for the Literary Arts program at the Neutral Zone, Ann Arbor’s teen center.
Ellen’s poems have been published in The Citron Review, Dunes Review, Eastern Iowa Review, Halfway Down the Stairs, Orange Quarterly, Philadelphia Stories, Sweet, The Museum of Americana, The Rupture, Two Cities Review, and Up North Lit among other places. Her sonnet, "American Abortion Sonnet #7" is forthcoming in Choice Words: Writers on Abortion (Haymarket Books, 2020). Ellen is the author of What Is in the Blood (Mayapple Press, 2020) and The Solid Living World (Michigan Writers’ Cooperative Press, 2013). Ellen’s poetry has been nominated multiple times for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.