Grateful to play drums with Markus Hunt's Equity & Social Justice Quartet again, this time for our contribution to a Podcast Series hosted by Carvell Wallace, WHO WE ARE: A CHRONICLE OF RACISM IN AMERICA, a project spun out of a talk by Jeffery Robinson. J JOURNAL has meanwhile accepted "Old Mike's Body," a short story excerpted from one of my novels, to publish in Fall of 2021, and CONFRONTATION will be publishing a poem of mine, "Big Bend," in a future issue.
August 10th, 2020Read Now
NOON will be publishing "The Fish of Him" in their 2021 print issue. Meanwhile, DIME SHOW REVIEW has published "She Done Gone Off." As always, you can click to these publications--or at least the journal websites--on my Published Works page.
Baseball Poetry in HOBARTRead Now
Hobart just took a poem of mine for their upcoming Baseball issue. Submitted on the day pitchers and catchers reported to the Yankees camp.
Juked published "Two East Texas Tales:" "Gravidity," and "Exhumation," in their March 22 Issue: www.juked.com/2018/03/jay-lee-ellis-two-east-texas-tales.asp
RAZOR LIT MAG FeatureRead Now
Razor Lit Mag did a beautiful job of featuring my award-winning story in their Fall Issue. Intriguing artwork with a nice Tarkovsky-slow zoom. issue4.razorlitmag.com/
Paul Cohen's THE GLAMSHACKRead Now
A good friend's debut novel, The Glamshack, is launching on Thursday, July 20, at Boulder Bookstore. Paul's an amazing writer with accolades from the likes of James Salter. If you're a Front Range reader checking this site, be there: 7:30, on Pearl Street in downtown Boulder.
WEST TEXAS LITERARY REVIEWRead Now
This nice new journal just accepted a short short story of mine, COVERING THE BULL. Looking forward to joining a young journal already publishing some strong writing.
IOWA REVIEW Awards FinalistRead Now
Happy as Norm with his mallard on the 3-cent stamp. IOWA REVIEW took a story of mine, THE RAM AND CHARLIE PRUITT, for its Finalist list to judge Amelia Gray. Hoping next year for the First Class stamp for my even-toed ungulate (Ovis canadensis) and hapless Charlie--unless they find another literary garage.
LITRO OnlineRead Now
Litro Online, a nice extension of the British print publication, just put my story "The Hold" (excerpted from No Roads Home--the novel I'm currently sending out) up on April 25, in their #TuesdayTales series. See it here: https://www.litro.co.uk/2017/04/the-hold/
JAY LEE ELLIS
I write novels, stories, and poems, and sometimes literary criticism. I also play jazz drums. For me, writing is rewriting, so I'll just use this page not so much as a "blog" as a place to post news.