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.  And EJ’s latest play ‘When I Leave’ is scheduled for production later in 2012.

Publication works 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.

“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.

Contact (Work): 
(919) 829-2667
Scholar Location: 
Raleigh
Travel Regions: 
Region 5
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