Berit Ellingsen

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Books by Berit Ellingsen
  • by Berit Ellingsen
    Jnana Press, 2011.

  • by Berit Ellingsen
    Queen's Ferry Press, 2012.
  • About Me

    I'm a Korean-Norwegian writer living in Norway and writing in English.

    My fiction and poems have or will appear in various online literary journals, most recently or forthcoming in Unstuck, Bluestem, Smokelong, Metazen and decomP magazinE.

    My short story collection Beneath the Liquid Skin will be available from firthFORTH Books (Queen's Ferry Press) on the 29th of November 2012.

    My novel is The Empty City, a story about silence.

    For list of publications and more about me, see

    Why do you write?

    I love the process of creating something from nothing.

    I write because it seems embedded in my nature. I tried not to write for two years and it didn't work at all.

    Sometimes I write because I'm bored and have to make my own entertainment.

    If I'm lucky, I will always be writing, in form or another.

    Any favorite authors? Books?

    In no particular order:

    Maldoror - Comte De Lautreamont

    Bonadea - Irmelin Sandman Lilius

    Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino

    Cool Memories - Jean Baudrillard

    33 Happy Moments - Jin Shengtan

    Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevski

    Tao Te Ching - Laozi

    Orsinian Tales - Ursula LeGuin

    Naked Lunch - William Burroughs

    Blame! - Tsutumo Nihei

    The Fall of the House of Usher - Edgar Allan Poe

    A Doll's House - Henrik Ibsen

    The Epic of Gilgamesh

    Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury

    The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

    The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka

    The Sea - John Banville

    Generation X - Douglas Coupland

    Less Than Zero - Bret Easton Ellis

    The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

    The Outsider - Albert Camus

    Against Nature - JK Huysmans

    Berit Ellingsen's Wall

    Frankie Saxx – Nov 20, 2012

    Aren't you missing a book (at least one) on this page? ^_^

    Chris Galvin – May 09, 2012

    Thanks so much for your close reading and comments on my story Slanting Rain. Much appreciated! :)

    Michelle Elvy – Mar 18, 2012

    Thank you so much for the heartfelt comment on my story, Almost There. I really appreciate the read and the wonderful words.

    Nicolette Wong – Mar 12, 2012

    Thanks, Berit! Looking forward to reading yours too!

    Robert Vaughan – Mar 11, 2012

    Berit! Thanks for your note here about Lost in Thought. I am really excited that our work will appear in the same zine! I look forward to reading yours, along with so many of our other literary friends. As you may have gathered, I am not on Twitter much, but every time you post or re-tweet something of mine, I am so grateful. That is very generous of you. xoxo

    Michelle Elvy – Feb 28, 2012

    Berit -- I just read your comment on my story, Almost There. Thank you so much. Your comment is very much appreciated!

    Jules Archer – Feb 21, 2012

    Thanks Berit for reading Parking Garage. Appreciated.

    Chris Galvin – Feb 11, 2012

    Thanks so much, Berit, for the warm welcome and the favourite for Eretorua!

    Darryl Price – Dec 15, 2011

    Berit--it's really an honor to have you here with all of us, and to know there are people like yourself out there doing great things.Keep up the good work. It's inspiring to say the least. Welcome.

    Marcus Speh – Dec 15, 2011

    hej berit, thank you very much for the kind words on the kaffe in katmandu project. all across the northern hemisphere...made me smile. will miss all your dada, too.

    Michael Gillan Maxwell – Dec 05, 2011

    Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment on The Fashion Police piece Berit. Grateful and appreciative - and yes - some old photographs of me are lasting evidence that "there but for the grace of God, go I!"

    Jules Archer – Dec 01, 2011

    Berit - thanks so much for giving "Cloudy..." a read and your kind comments. :)

    Robert Vaughan – Nov 01, 2011

    Berit, thanks a ton for your sweet and generous comments on Wrestling with Genetics. You are such a wonderful, supportive friend. I really appreciate it.

    Foster Trecost – Aug 31, 2011

    Hi Berit. Just a little thank you for spending some time with Blank Checks - I really appreciate the read and your comments. I also appreciate the RT. fos.

    Penny Goring – Aug 27, 2011

    Thanks for your comment on Love Pig, Berit. I only just spotted it! X

    Gary Percesepe – Aug 21, 2011

    hi berit,

    just noticing your june comment on my "speed: poem--and so appreciating your generous comment.

    grazie mille,


    Berit Ellingsen – Aug 11, 2011

    Oh you guys are too sweet. :) Thanks for all the comments.

    Foster Trecost – Aug 10, 2011

    Hello Berit, Thanks for giving Eight States Away a bit of your time - I appreciate the read and comments, always. fos.

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 09, 2011

    Berit, Thank you for commenting on and faving "Whiplash Marriage." I just now noticed your comment.

    Greg Davis – Aug 03, 2011

    Hey Berit! Thanks for your comments on "Flatlander's Suite." I'm a fan of yours and I always appreciate your kind words and feedback.

    J. Mykell Collinz – Jul 28, 2011

    Hi, Berit. Thanks for reading 'I Wouldn't Wanna Be Me.' I greatly appreciate your comment and fav.

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 27, 2011

    Thanks, Berit! Glad you liked the Euclid poem. Thanks for commenting.

    Jane Hammons – Jul 19, 2011

    Thanks for reading Mapping the Territory, Berit. I appreciate your comment.

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 19, 2011

    Glad you posted to the group. Thanks for the comment about my website line!

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 15, 2011

    Thank you.
    You have an impressive list of publications this year also. Don't be shy about sharing them with the group!

    Marcus Speh – Jun 23, 2011

    did you have to reread because it wasn't clear, made you faint, throw up...or simply because "under the apple tree" was so good that you needed to come back? sorry for the flippancy, i'm in one of those moods feeling like a tin man myself. i appreciate you reading and commenting & taking sides, too...

    Bill Yarrow – Jun 23, 2011

    Thanks for commenting on "The Lost Boys," Berit. Very glad the poem worked for you.

    MaryAnne Kolton – Jun 22, 2011

    Thanks, Berit. Men are sneaky thaat way. Not macho to like a small, fluffy white dog. . .

    Frank Vander Rasky – Jun 22, 2011

    Thank you Berit for tracking back to read and comment on "The Duende" and "Tattoos." I appreciate your kind words.

    MaryAnne Kolton – Jun 21, 2011

    Very wise observations, Berit. I'll be thinking of you. . .Mar

    Matt Kang – Jun 21, 2011

    Thanks, Berit.

    MaryAnne Kolton – Jun 21, 2011

    Berit, thanks so much for you kind comments about Backpack. Why is resentment so hard to let go of? For me it's all knotted together with not good enough, less than and if only. Some of us spend the total of our lives trying to turn those tapes off. I do find that each time I reveal a little more of myself through my writing it heals another scratch. . .

    J. Mykell Collinz – Jun 19, 2011

    Hi, Berit. Thanks for reading 'Fifty Five Words or Less.' Sorry for the delay in responding. I'm not sure how I missed it, other than the fact that I'm slow and not very bright. I'm glad it made you laugh and your cat jump. I love it when cats jump like that.

    Susan Tepper – Jun 09, 2011

    Hi Berit, thanks so much for reading and commenting on my micro "ecstatic"!

    Foster Trecost – Jun 09, 2011

    Hi Berit, thanks for reading and commenting on my bus story. It seems you got exactly the points I was trying to put across. fos.

    Roberto C. Garcia – Jun 03, 2011

    HI Berit, thanks for the comment! There's been nothing said about him for some time, you are right. I'm making a concerted effort to write poems about his plight. As writers need to continue to generate attention for Liu Xiaobo.

    Berit Ellingsen – Jun 02, 2011

    Thank for all your kind and wonderful comments! :)

    Christopher Allen – May 31, 2011

    Hi, Berit. Thank you for commenting on "The Pain Taster." :)

    Marc Lowe – May 30, 2011

    Appreciate your comments very much, Berit. I'll look for more of your work -- sounds like you write what I like to read. (Interesting that Maldoror is at the top of your list, by the way, even if your favorite books aren't in any special order.)

    Jane Hammons – May 29, 2011

    Thanks Berit, for reading my work. I really appreciate your comments.

    Gary Percesepe – May 26, 2011

    berit--thanks so much for reading & commenting on my work--means a lot, it does--g

    Frank Vander Rasky – May 26, 2011

    Berit, loved your comment on Badabing Badaboom! This note is short as my last one was too long. :)

    Frank Vander Rasky – May 24, 2011

    Hi Berit, it’s a pleasure to meet you here and on Twitter. Thanks for your comments on “The Boy who killed Christ" and "Oh, Fish Eggs!" I read online chapters from your debut novel and you're indeed a wizard of words. Chapter 30, Elven Knowledge, was especially spellbinding. :) The item on your blog that one of your new stories has brush strokes of Caravaggio in it and will be published in a webzine devoted to the strange and unusual leads me to ask you to post info about where I can read this story when it's out, please! Best wishes, Frank

    Susan Tepper – May 20, 2011

    Berit thanks so much for reading Tool and your comment. Yes, now we know what he was thinking... ha ha!

    Kathy Fish – May 18, 2011

    Berit, thank you for the kind words & fav for "Space Man". You have an interesting bio and background. I look forward to reading your work. Welcome to Fictionaut! Kathy

    Berit Ellingsen – May 17, 2011

    Hi Foster! A Life Told Twice was so clever and well told I had to read it twice! ;)

    Berit Ellingsen – May 17, 2011

    You're very welcome James! I love to read stories about Japan (never been there) and, I discovered, about pineapple factories. :)

    Berit Ellingsen – May 17, 2011

    Hi Gary! Thank you so much for the welcome to FN. I'm delighted to be here! The writing is so strong and inspiring. It feels like a good home.

    PS There are nice fjords in Canada too, if they are closer to where you are. Don't tell the Norwegian fjords I said that, though.

    Foster Trecost – May 17, 2011

    Hi Berit, I see you found A Life Twice Told. Thanks for taking the time to read, and thanks for the comment, too - I appreciate both. fos.

    James Lloyd Davis – May 17, 2011

    Thank you, Berit, for the commments and the fave for "On the train to Otsu Station."

    James Lloyd Davis – May 16, 2011

    Thank you, Berit, for the fave and the comment on "David Foster Wallace meets the sage Lao Tse in a strange place" and for the comment on "Pineapples and Rust." Welcome to Fictionaut.

    Gary Percesepe – May 16, 2011

    hi berit

    i pine for the fjords but have never been--

    how's by that

    welcome to FN



    Berit Ellingsen – May 15, 2011

    Hi Meg! Thank you so much for the welcome to Fictionaut! I sometimes dreamed of becoming an astronaut. Somehow, being a Fictionaut feels more appropriate. :)

    Meg Pokrass – May 13, 2011

    thank you for your kind words on my story, Berit, and welcome to F-naut!

    Berit Ellingsen – May 10, 2011

    Thank you so much for the invitation, Marcus!
    Looking forward to reading and commenting on the works of friends here.
    Fortunately, I only deal virtual damage. ;)
    Love, B.

    Marcus Speh – May 10, 2011

    welcome, berit. looking forward to you doing some serious damage around here. cheers!

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