Ella Joyce (E.J.) Stewart

Ella Joyce (E.J.) Stewart

Short story author, playwright, historian

A native North Carolinian, the daughter of sharecropper parents, who uses literary arts as a way to create better communication across age, race, gender, and class lines, Ella Joyce “EJ” Stewart is an author, playwright, oral historian, story teller and workshop presenter. She is a foundling member of the North Carolina Association of Black Storytellers, (NCABS), a member of the National Association of Black Storytellers, (NABS) and a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, (NCWN). Formerly a member of the NC State Arts Council’s Artist-in-residence & Artist Touring rosters, EJ currently resides in Raleigh, NC.

As a playwright, EJ first play ‘Another Family Reunion’ was produced in part by the NC Arts Council in 1995.  Her play, ‘Christmas-in-a-shoebox’, was produced by TRYON PALACE and presented as a ‘staged reading’ at the North Carolina History Center in New Bern, NC, 2011 & 2012.  In October, 2012 Stewart’s ‘When I Leave’ debuted at the NC History Museum in Raleigh, NC. In 2013 “Who Made the Potato Salad’ co-written with Antuan Hawkins debuted at the History Center.  In 2014 ‘When I Leave’ was performed at the N.C. History Center.

Please note: This scholar typically requires access to public transit for events.

Publications include:

“JUMP UP and SAY, a collection of Black storytelling” by Linda and Clay Goss, Simon & Schuster, publishers, 1995…works included, ‘Sunday Family Dinner’ & ‘Cheese’.

 “BEAUTY” or A Different Look”, Kinston Free Press, June 20, 1999.

“Cranked Victrolas and Wood Cook Stoves; Hometown Memories Publishing Co.
2004; ‘That’s How Papa Was’, by Lillie M. Stewart, (Mama) collected, edited and submitted by E. J. Stewart as part of her parents’ oral history narratives.

“A JOYFUL CHRISTMAS,” collected and illustrated by James Ransome, Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 2010…work included, “Christmas-in-a-shoebox’, the short story.

TREASURES FROM EARTHEN VESSELS, Seniors with a purpose (S.W.A.P.)
Published by Sister Share/An Encouraging Place; 2014 “Move or Break Camp, Children.”

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(919) 829-2667
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