San Fransisco, CA
September 2001, September 2007, September 2011, September 2015
Elaine Elinson is a creative writer and editor based in San Fransisco, CA.
Her freelance articles and essays have appeared in The Nation, San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, California History, AmerAsia, Poets and Writers, The Veteran, Women in Judaism, West Marin Review, and other newspapers, magazines and journals. She’s coauthored a book with Stan Yogi, Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California with Heyday Books in 2009. She has also worked as a book reviewer for the Los Angeles Review of Books, New York Journal of Books, and 48 Hills. She is also a researcher/writer for the National Park Service on civil rights history, digging up hidden histories of the Azorean dairy farmers who headed to the Marin Headlands during the Gold Rush, a successful challenge to the color bar at Sutro Baths by an African American waiter in 1897, and the brutal treatment of Conscientious Objectors in the military prison on Alcatraz during World War I. As of this writing, she is working on a book based on the recent discovery of her grandmother’s diaries spanning the years 1905-1918, with entries from a shtetl in Russia to a tenement in Chicago.