Holly Morse-Ellington, JD


As a writer, Holly has essays, interviews, Op-Eds, and short stories forthcoming or published in Broad River Review, Baltimore STYLE, the Baltimore City PaperWanderlust and LipstickMatador NetworkThree Quarter Review, the Baltimore Review's Blog, Baltimore FishbowlOutside In Literary & Travel MagazineSmile, Hon, You’re in BaltimoreUrbaniteThe Journal of Homeland Security, and The Washington Times. Anthologies include Whereabouts: Stepping Out Of Place and Freshly Squeezed: A “Write Here, Write Now” Anthology. She has also written press releases and media announcements as the publicist for internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter, Victoria Vox. Holly served as the State Vice President of The Maryland Writers' Association 2014-2016, for which she wrote grants, reviewed writing contest submissions, and organized association events and meetings. She is currently a Board member for CityLit Project. Holly is also an adjunct professor in the Reading and World Languages and the English Departments at the Community College of Baltimore County, where she teaches critical reading and creative writing. 


Photo by Skye Sadowski-Malcom

As an editor, Holly has been an editor for the literary journal, Baltimore Review, since 2013. She also reviews and critiques manuscripts from writers seeking editorial advice before submitting work for publication. Holly writes introductions, book jacket covers, and blurbs for books she receives for advance readings, among them, The Last Government Girl and Synergy: A Collage of Voices.
 
As a playwright and musician, Holly and author Jason Tinney co-authored the play, Fifty Miles Away, the 2015 winner of the Frostburg Center for Literary Arts One-Act Festival, which received a full production at the Palace Theatre in 2015 and will be produced by the Potomac Players in fall 2016. They also co-wrote the script, music, and lyrics to Girl with Diamonds in Her Eyes: A Cowgirl Musical for Pumpkin Theatre. Holly was the musical director for the production and is currently a member of the Pumpkin Theatre Company. Jason and Holly write music and perform together as Limestone Connection, with Holly on vocals and ukulele, Jason on harmonica, and Hil Andrews on vocals and guitar. Holly was also an extra on season four of VEEP.

Background and education, Holly holds a JD from the University of Maryland School of Law and earned a double major with High Distinction honors from Indiana University-Bloomington as a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in both history and political science. She received a certificate in International Law and Negotiation from the Paris Institute.   
 
Of Cherokee ancestry, Holly was born and raised in Paducah, Kentucky, before moving to Baltimore for law school. The attacks of September 11 occurred during her first semester at Maryland Law, when she began working in the expanding legal field of bioterrorism and homeland security. Holly was commissioned as an officer in the Navy JAG Corps during her last year of law school. During that time she published, "The Threat of Smallpox: Eradicated but not Erased," which became required reading for many politicians and policymakers. That pivotal publication and experience influenced her decision to shift toward a career in writing and editing. 

Full of the wanderlust spirit, Holly travels frequently, mostly by bicycle. Some of the countries she has cycled and/or played her ukulele in include the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Turkey, Greece, Vietnam, and Nepal. Her future plans for travel and writing include a trip to the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma to meet relatives her family has been in recent contact with.