A talented poet and writer, Dr. Elaine Woodruff has published numerous
individual poems, articles, reviews, and a book of her poetry entitled
Before the Burning (Edwin Mellen Press, 1994. In
2004, she presented a paper on short fiction at the University of
Salamanca in Spain. In 2005, she presented on Nobel Prize-winning poet
Wislawa Szymborkska at Cambridge University in England. In summer 2006,
she participated alongside poets from around the world in a creative
writing program at the University of Oxford. Dr. Elaine Woodruff
presented a paper in February 2007 at New York’s prestigious Columbia
University. Dr. Elaine Woodruff's presentation entitled, "Keeping a Place for
Poetry: A Flight from Obsolescence," was part of the 2007 International
Symposium on New Directions in the Humanities. The conference was
sponsored by Columbia's Center for Comparative Literature and Society.
Dr. Elaine Woodruff earned a
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Our Lady of the Lake
University in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from the University of
Alaska-Fairbanks with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and
earned her doctorate in English from the University of Denver. Dr.
Elaine Woodruff joined the faculty at Colorado Christian University
in 1993, where she currently teaches literature and creative writing.
A member of the Academy of American Poets,
International Society of Poets (ISP), International Women’s Writing
Guild, and the National Women's Hall of Fame, Dr. Elaine Woodruff was
nominated in 1996 as ISP Poet of the Year. She was a semifinalist in
1997, and was also elected that year to the International Poetry Hall of
Fame. In 1998, she participated in a women’s studies delegation to South
Africa. The group visited Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Cape
Town—respectively, home to the nation’s legislative, executive, and
judicial branches. While there, they dialogued with fellow scholars on
topics that included among other matters the reconciliatory effort in
post-apartheid South Africa.
Dr. Elaine Woodruff lives in Golden,
Colorado, with her husband, Thomas. They have two grown sons.