Ellen Forney

Cartoonist Ellen Forney is the author of NYT bestseller Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me, and the 2012 “Genius Award” winner in Literature from Seattle’s The Stranger. She collaborated with Sherman Alexie on the National Book Award-winning novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, created the Eisner-nominated comic books I Love Led Zeppelin and Monkey Food, and has taught comics at Cornish College of the Arts since 2002. She grew up in Philadelphia and has lived in Seattle, Washington since 1989. Ellen swims and does yoga, and fixes things with rubber bands and paper clips.

Ellen has presented for the Free Library of Philadelphia’s One Book program, Beijing Bookworm International Literary Festival, U.S. Embassy-produced One Bosnia/Herzegovina One Book program, Northern Arizona University, Towson University, Virginia Wesleyan College, Montgomery College, Green River Community College, Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival, Olympia Comics Festival, San Diego Comic-Con, and as keynote speaker for Seattle Public Library’s month-long Comixtravaganza.

Ellen teaches comics and Graphic Novels as Literature at Cornish College of the Arts, and has also taught and led workshops at Pacific Northwest College of Art and numerous libraries and schools.

As engaging and informative as it is inspirational . . . [Marbles] perfectly captures the exhilarating frenzy of mania and the dark void of depression.” – Kirkus Reviews