Elizabeth Childs grew up in the heart of evangelicalismColorado Springs, CO. She grew up on Veggie Tales and AWANA, VBS and Christian summer camp, and did all the schooling thingspublic school, homeschool, and private Christian school. She graduated with a degree in English Creative Writing from a conservative Christian college in Arkansas, John Brown University. In the ten years that have followed, a lot has changed. She’s seen friends used, abused, and pushed out of the evangelical church. She’s seen good people make terrible choices in the name of cultural power. She’s deconstructed and reconstructed her faith more than once, and the work is never quite done.

Elizabeth Childs’ short fiction has appeared in The Dark, Reed Magazine, Ponder Review, Marathon Literary Review, and The Showbear Family Circus. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and placed as a finalist for the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards. Her novel, Bright Above, Red Below, is a work in progress that wrestles with the ways in which true identity is obscured and revealed in the conservative religious context. She lives with her husband and children in Colorado Springs, where she is an Anselm Society member artist.

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