A literary late bloomer, Ellen Meeropol began seriously writing fiction in her fifties. In 2005, determined to spend more time with the characters demanding her full attention, she left her career as a pediatric nurse practitioner to write, work part-time in an independent bookstore, and teach fiction workshops.
She holds an MFA from the Stonecoast Program, University of Southern Maine. Her short stories and essays have been published in Bridges, Pedestal, Rumpus, Portland Magazine, Shaking Magazine, Women’s Times, Off Our Backs and others.
Publishers Weekly gave her debut novel, House Arrest (Red Hen, 2011) a starred review, calling it “thoughtful and tightly composed, unflinching in taking on challenging subjects and deliberating uneasy ethical conundrums.”
Ellen Meeropol’s work explores characters at the intersection of political turmoil, ethical dilemma, and family life. She is a founding member of the Rosenberg Fund for Children and author of the script for their dramatic program “Carry it Forward,” which was produced June 16, 2013, in Manhattan.
Her second novel, On Hurricane Island, will be published in early 2015.