There isn’t an official site to learn more about this event, but if you’re reading this blog there’s a 99.9 percent chance someone has already invited you to attend (and attend you should! To keep up with her latest forays, visit her website, read her blog, or follow her on Twitter @odysseydater.is the former production editor of Coffee House Press and currently a freelance writer and editor based in Minneapolis.When not working, she can usually be found with her nose in book or crossword puzzle, or wrangling a wild animal someone misleadingly told her was a dog.
She is currently working with the inmate-created Stillwater Writer’s Collective to edit the MPWW journal, gearing up for a class at the Loft on humor writing (registration is still open! Highlights #3&4In Elizabeth’s (clearly limited) free time, she pursues her oldest and newest hobbies: her blog and her reading series.
is easily one of the most honest, funny, and relatable blogs on life and relationships for the millennial generation, full of gems like, “I no longer feel a crush of disappointment each time I discover that a first date has zero sex appeal/is not my husband.” (We haven’t all gotten there, but it’s nice to know there’s hope, no?
) Her series, 555 Reads, features five writers, each only reading for five minutes, at Five Watt Coffee, and is a reading series for people who don’t like readings (because no one has ever been suddenly won over by a writer at minute twenty-two). We can’t know because, as one agent put it, her life hasn’t arced yet.
Her CV is a laundry list of publishing credits, teaching experiences, and learning endeavors as long as the nouns she can list behind her name, so I offer you this hopelessly incomplete highlight reel of the powerhouse that is Elizabeth Tannen.
Highlight #1After graduating from Macalester, Elizabeth applied for an internship at NPR’s (in very good procrastinator fashion, i.e., the day the application was due). One of her more stress-inducing roles was as a booker, where she’d have four hours to chase down an assignment before it aired that afternoon. I’d watch that show.) She was eventually promoted to assistant producer, where she covered the political beat, and spent her mid-twenties flirting with said political types.
Time was on her side as the editorial assistant left right as her internship ended, and she joined the team in D. (Which I can’t help but imagine as an episode of 24; our young protagonist running around the streets of D. Highlight #1.5Elizabeth left NPR to pursue an MFA and was slotted to attend the University of North Carolina Wilmington, but had a last-minute change of heart after having a dream about the University of New Mexico (and no, not an apropos southwestern peyote-induced dream).
She loved her time in New Mexico and says Albuquerque is just as depicts it.] Highlight #2Her MFA introduced her to her love of teaching, and after spending time in New York working a million odd jobs, she was awarded a residency at New York Mills—which, deceivingly, is not in New York, but at least it brought her back to Minnesota.
Odyssey & The DNA Team Odyssey Music (also known as Odyssey Eurobeat) is the one-man production label run by Travis Stebbins, whose works have appeared in Super Eurobeat, Initial D, i OS games, Rolling Stone, and much more.
Odyssey Music is also one of very few Eurobeat production labels outside of Italy or Japan.
Elizabeth Tannen is the type of talent too big to fit on a business card.
A teacher, poet, editor, speed talker, conference goer, essayist, blogger, Brooklyn native before Brooklyn was cool, MFA holder, red lipstick lover (and successful wearer—an important point of note), reading organizer, fiction writer, [and insert everything I forgot here], she is a freelance jill-of-all-writing-trades currently gracing our fair litropolis.