Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo is a poet, educator, and the author of Incarnation Again, a collection of poems that depict coming of age in a clergy family with a playful reverence for intellectual inquiry as a part of faithful practice.
As the daughter of a librarian and Episcopal priest, Elizabeth has spent her life in proximity to religious and educational institutions. And lots of books. In between all that reading, she traveled to almost every continent and has lived in six different states.
Elizabeth combines her study of multiple faith narratives with talents for teaching and public speaking. She brings humility and humor to theology, and curiosity to exploring the presence of the sacred. In 2015, Elizabeth founded Interfaith Muse, a project that explores spiritual questions through civic dialogue through creative arts. In addition to live events, Elizabeth hosted podcast interviews and published essays about how intersection of creative makers wrestled with their spiritual practice and heritage.
For over 25 years, Elizabeth has taught children and youth in schools, summer camps, enrichment programs, theater productions, and SAT prep classes. She served as an Episcopal school chaplain for a community of multiple faiths (and none). She has created programs for children and adults around intercultural communication, identity development, religious literacy, and community engagement. Elizabeth trained in Contextual Theology, Intercultural Communication, and in Theatre for Conflict and Community, most recently, with Michael Rohd.
Elizabeth’s writing, both poetry and prose, has been published in over thirty journals and magazines, both online and in print. Educated in public and religious institutions, she graduated from Oberlin College, and earned an MFA at the University of Oregon, during which time she was awarded both a Kidd Workshops Fellowship and a Humanities Center Residency. She was a resident at Vermont Studio Center in 2015 and received a grant from the Port Townsend Writing Conference in 2011.