Upcoming Book

Defined by Me: a conceptual poetry book which explores a woman’s experience with youth, love, death, feminism, sexuality, politics, and so much more. It is a journey of loss and discovery, heartbreak and ecstasy, anxiety and determination. This coming of age poetry collection is from one woman’s experience and reflects many universal experiences and feelings.

Elisabeth Florence Pedersen

Journalist, Teacher, Writer, Academic

Elisabeth was born in Illinois, and grew up Minnesota. Her life in the Midwest inspired her connection to homegrown punk and hip-hop influences. This music and lifestyle inspired a sense of rebellion, freedom, human rights, social justice, and empowerment. Elisabeth began writing at a young age, and has experimented with various forms of writing. In university she focused on academic writing through her studies in English literature in Minnesota, and history in Birmingham, England. After graduation, she spent a year as a live-in volunteer and advocate at homeless shelters in Duluth, Minnesota and Chicago, Illinois. During this time, she worked both in print and radio journalism confronting issues such a prison reform, economic segregation, and immigrant rights.

Elisabeth is a proud feminist, therefore she believes in the political economic, and social justice among all sexes. Elisabeth’s inspirations include Molly Crabapple, Jeremy Scahill, Zadie Smith, Dorothy Day, Margaret Atwood, Imogen Binnie, Maya Angelou, and so many more individuals who sacrifice their life and time to social justice, art, and a more equitable and sustainable society. Elisabeth now lives in Prague, Czech Republic and works as a writer, a teacher, and a Gender Studies M.A student.

Published Work

I have worked as a writer, radio producer, and freelance journalist in Duluth, Minnesota, Chicago, Illinois, and now in Prague, Czech Republic. I have covered topics such as arts, traveling, politics, local events, and social issues such as homelessness, immigration, and restorative justice. A few examples of my work are below.

I’m available for freelance journalism assignments, research, and investigations. Please feel free to contact me with any work.

Catholic Charities Child Development Center Closing

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Chicago Public Schools Adjust Student Code of Conduct

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Ordinance Prohibits City Uniforms to be Purchased from Sweatshops

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Local Initiative Registers Ex-Offenders to Vote

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Cook County Judge Supports Restorative Justice Program

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My Poetry

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