Ellen Goldstein was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia. She received her MFA in poetry from Emerson College and a BA in English from Carleton College. Her poetry and essays have been published in journals such as Measure, StorySouth, Post Road, The Common, Tahoma Literary Review, and Lunch Ticket, and elsewhere. Her work has also appeared in the anthologies Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six Word Memoirs from Writers Famous and Obscure (she identifies with the latter); Letters to the World, which she co-edited; The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry; Rough Places Plain; and Queer South, which was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.
Knowing that writing poetry would not pay a single bill, Ellen Goldstein pursued a career in publishing. She is an editor and teacher. Her copyediting clients include Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Meteorological Society, Harvard Education Publishing Group, Quayside Publishers (where she edited a wide range of trade lifestyle titles), and a slew of creative writers at all levels. She has taught writing and gender studies at Endicott College and Rhode Island College.