BREAKING NEWS: My story "Five Deaths of Ellie Marsh" has been named the winner of Crab Orchard Review's 2014 Jack Dyer Prize, which includes publication and $2,000.
Troy Ehlers is a writer and the founding Editor-in-Chief of Minnetonka Review, the literary magazine that rose to national recognition and published over a hundred talented authors during its five-year span.
He has several works-in-progress, one of which is a collection of linked stories that was chosen as a finalist in the Wilkes University James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Presently he's working on the novel that serves as the climax for this collection. "A Storied Life", "Towering Sea", and "The Tide of Night" are all from this larger work and have been accepted for publication in national literary journals (see the Publications page for more details). Simultaneously, he is now revising a completed novel that is 275 pages (90,000 words) in length and has begun a second novel and a nonfiction project.
When he's not writing, you can find Troy reading, boating, kayaking, traveling, hiking, skiing, or dabbling in various arts and design projects. He created this website (and is in fact writing this bio in the third person) and its graphics (including the postage stamp navigation bar which he'd be boasting of if only he weren't so humble), and you can get a sampling of his photography, visual art and designs on the Gallery Pages.
Troy earned his Master of Fine Arts in Writing at Spalding University. Over the years, he's studied and workshopped fiction at The Loft (Minneapolis's literary community); the Tin House Writer's Workshop; and University of Minnesota Duluth's workshop. He also worked as a full-time intern at Milkweed Editions, where he gained experience in all aspects of the publishing industry. He served as a residency teaching assistant at Spalding University and taught Composition and Literature as an adjunct professor at Concordia University, St. Paul.
INTERVIEWS: Troy now has several of his interviews available for viewing and listening to online--two on-camera interviews, a blog interview, and a glossy print article about the founding of Minnetonka Review.