Dr. Elaine Gale

California, United States

I'm an armchair symbologist, wear pajamas to run errands, am not domestically inclined, still love to read print newspapers, and have eaten smoked cobra. I dislike waxy apples, pretension, and humidity. I love possibility, making paper, loose-leaf tea, the Sonoran Desert, dancing of all kinds, playing the djembe, insubordination, finding meaning in the ordinary, traveling, and laughing uncontrollably. 

I'm a writer, journalist, professor, artist, speaker, editor, sixth-generation Nebraskan, fourth-generation educator, collaborator, activist, arts enthusiast, relationship-builder, community creator and all-around rabble-rouser. 

Website: www.elainegale.com


  • Writing Center Director at Antioch University, PhD Program in Leadership & Change (August 2005 - )
  • Associate Professor at California State University, Sacramento (August 2006 - )
  • Journalist/Writer at Los Angeles Times (June 1998 - July 2001)
  • Columnist/Reporter at Star Tribune (December 1993 - May 1998)


  • Bachelor of Arts in English/Religion from Boston University (May 1993)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles (June 2001)
  • Doctoral Degree in Communication Studies from University of Denver (August 2006)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting